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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Carewolf Re:Caring about news and politics instead of trivi (63 comments)

i thought buzzfeed was a non-straight dating website

I always thought it was a scam website. The story headlines are always so baited they have to be 'click to be infected' scams. I never dared click one.

44 minutes ago
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Spaceport America Loses $1.7 Million Due To Virgin Galactic Delays

Carewolf Re:Why? (33 comments)

At least regular airports serve an economic function. This is just a hobby for rich people.

True, but making space tech more widely used would push technology and make space research cheaper.

48 minutes ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

Carewolf Re: UPS (143 comments)

Nope nope.
Not how it works, unlikely to happen anyway but don't spread your BS around that a 1000V or more surge would only take out the power supply.

Yes it is, with modern PSU. I have seen old systems that fried everything when they failed (1990), but one of the roles of modern power supplies is surge protection. Besides these days they can take anywhere from 100W to 300W as part of their standard operation because they make them identical for all markets, and if you have over a 1000W surge, you are having a lightning strike, no electronic on the path of the lightning will survive a strike, the only way to avoid that is lightning rods that takes the path away from the power net.

Surge protectors for computers are snake oil, or maybe rather monster cables at this point.

about an hour ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Carewolf Re:Here we go again (480 comments)

It's more subtle than that. Better paying jobs are more likely to go to men, so a women with similar qualifications and experience is likely, on average, to earn less than a man. It's easy to fix too, just make the jobs more accessible to female candidates. Obviously you still hire the best candidate, it's not about favouritism.

For example, a lot of well paying jobs are found through networking. If most of your current employees are male and network with other males, you are less likely to get female candidates applying or head hunted. All you need to do to correct that is to make an effort to network with women, and maybe ask some of the women in your company to put the word out. It benefits you because you have a wider pool of talent to pick from. It's actually dumb not to do it.

There is also bias at the hiring stage that can be eliminated. Some managers don't want to hire women because they worry that they will go on maternity leave or quit completely if they get pregnant. That one is harder to deal with, but does again exclude good candidates and diversity from the company.

How would that help tech companies to hire female tech talent that does not exist?

How do you suggest we get around the problem of companies trying to hire equally in a field that women dispite heavy positive discrimination on their behalf choose not to enter?

2 days ago
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Leaked Documents Show EU Council Presidency Wants To Impair Net Neutrality

Carewolf Re:In Order To Meet Contract Obligations (71 comments)

in order to meet "obligations under a contract"

Coming soon from ISPs: Legalese buried deep in your contract with them that essentially states "We [the ISP] have the contractual obligation to muck with any website as we see fit whenever we want to do so."

They're contractually obligated to slow down your Netflix speeds because they really wanted to and the contract means they are now obligated to slow down Netflix.

Yeah. The idea is not bad, but that is how it would end unless they demand it to be very explicit. Basically this is how everybody already sells fixed phone lines. The phone lines have a reserved bandwidth that can't be used by the internet though it uses the same line of copper or fiber, but that bandwidth is not advertised as part of the internet connection. I think if it is fine that they can do all kinds of crazy things, they just can't call it internet or broadband and can't advertise bandwidth not treated neutrally as part of their broadband offering.

2 days ago
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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

Carewolf Re:Also in iBooks (102 comments)

But there can still be in-book purchases.

Pay $1.99 at the end of chapter 10 or the author kills off your favourite character.

Which is why the extra label below warning about in-app purchaces is a good idea. Still haven't seen that with books though, but if they keep getting away with it elsewhere it is just a matter of time.

3 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Carewolf Re:Go back in time 5 years (535 comments)

Can you boot with init=/systemd/init/from/6/months/ago ?

Yeah, that's how modular it is. People don't care if things are in separate processes; we care whether it's highly coupled. ... Please don't overwrite /sbin/init with an older version, you want to be able to get back to a working system :)

Yes. I am running Debian. At the moment I can even install sysv-init or openrc init and replace systemd with it. In the future that might make some other unrelated packages uninstall, but currently it still works just fine.

3 days ago
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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Carewolf What? (222 comments)

The Xbox One and PS4 are largely matched... Overall, the PC and PS4 are closest in general detail

Okay...

4 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

Carewolf Re:Go back in time 5 years (535 comments)

All so completely co-dependent that they are an all or nothing proposition. Thus, one massive program.

No it isn't. It is completely modular. In only have the init part installed, I can choose to opt in to other modules as I wish. It is all one project, but it is a MODULAR project.

4 days ago
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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

Carewolf Re:How much longer will Foxconn need Apple? (107 comments)

Even basic stuff like copying memory from one location in the CPU to another location is drastically faster on an iOS processor.

That would not mean anything about the CPU. Copying memory is limited by memory speed. Nice that they have fast memory though. Maybe the other tablets need to use faster memory chips too.

4 days ago
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Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

Carewolf Re:"...moving east." (69 comments)

What if it is spinning on more than one axis, ie tumbling? The direction where the sun rises for a given point on the comet will change all the time.

I have no idea if the comet is actually doing this, but I imagine that being a scenario where computing "east" being rather difficult.

A ball at least can only rotate around one axis (any superposition of two rotations can be described as a single combined rotation), but the poster above me had the better answer. East is the direction of the rotation, it just happens to also be where everything stationary or far away that is not constantly visible would rise.

5 days ago
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Fascinating Rosetta Image Captures Philae's Comet Bounce

Carewolf Re:"...moving east." (69 comments)

East. Now in space.

It has always been in space, it is the rotational direction where the sun rises.

5 days ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

Carewolf Re:Paralyzed yet Fully Aware (105 comments)

This reminds me of the cases where they used Curare for anesthesia. Turns out all it was doing was paralyzing the motor systems so the still fully conscious patients couldn't scream or otherwise react as the surgeons operated.

Might be a good idea to ask the octopuses afterwards if they remember from during the anesthetized time period. This can be done and would find out if they're really out cold or if they're just locked in.

Actually that would require two of the three drugs to fail. They give or gave one to paralyze you, one to kill pain and one to shut off short term memory. The scary part was that sometimes the painkiller failed, so the patiant would be awake fealing pain, but they would not remember it afterwards unless the memory drug also failed.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Carewolf Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

none of that has anything to do with our spending on roads, we have a spending problem to begin with. we would have plenty of money to fix our roads if we stopped spending it on social programs and wars and went back to the basics.

Ha, no! If you cut down on social programs you would have less money as more people would fall into inescapable poverty and be unable to contribute to your society...

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

Carewolf Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

... a former police officer has been dragged into court by the U.S. Department of Justice for teaching people how to beat a pseudoscientific method of detecting whether somebody is lying, a method that itself isn't even admissible as evidence courts in most parts of the world? What's next? Will the surgeon general drag people into court for pointing out that when consuming a homeopathic remedy with 30C dilution, one would need to swallow a volume greater than all the water present in all the oceans of our entire planet in order to stand a good chance of swallowing just one molecule of the original substance?

He entered into a conspiracy to lie to government investigators.

Here I thought he was teaching people how to see through the lies of government investigators.

From the indictment: "trained an individual posing as a federal law enforcement officer to lie and conceal involvement in criminal activity from an internal agency investigation"

Since polygraphs are not working, the investigators claim they do, and the only effect they have is if people believe in them.

So they are useful, a prop of intimidation. Belief trumps reality. If a subject is tricked into honesty or tricked into avoiding circumstances where they will face a polygraph its a win from the government's perspective.

Another prop could be police brutalitu, are you pro that too, or are your fascist tendencies limited to quack science?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who's the Doctors Without Borders of Technology?

Carewolf Re:Check your local community first (111 comments)

but many people in the world need basic services like toilets a lot more than they need electronics.

You would be surprised. After the earthquake in Haiti one of the main problems ended up being setting up electronic infrastructure for all the other workers coming in rebuilding and treating victims. Everybody send doctors and construction workers, but it became a real mess when noone send computer experts to set up internet and cellphone infrastructure for the doctors, engineers, construction workers and not least thousands of journalists to use.

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

Carewolf Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

... a former police officer has been dragged into court by the U.S. Department of Justice for teaching people how to beat a pseudoscientific method of detecting whether somebody is lying, a method that itself isn't even admissible as evidence courts in most parts of the world? What's next? Will the surgeon general drag people into court for pointing out that when consuming a homeopathic remedy with 30C dilution, one would need to swallow a volume greater than all the water present in all the oceans of our entire planet in order to stand a good chance of swallowing just one molecule of the original substance?

He entered into a conspiracy to lie to government investigators.

Here I thought he was teaching people how to see through the lies of government investigators. Since polygraphs are not working, the investigators claim they do, and the only effect they have is if people believe in them.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Carewolf Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

There is no downside to lower gas prices. lower prices on anything is always a positive.
 

There is no downsides to crumpling roads causing lower speed limits and bridges collapsing taking lives, lower taxes is always a positive, right?

about a week ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

Carewolf Re:A highly relevant comment from the previous pos (262 comments)

That's why you don't see AMD chips on laptop anymore. Soon they'll be out of PC market too.

It seems to me AMD is as common in laptops as they have ever been. Not very.

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Faces a Tricky Transition To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Carewolf Re:Import (485 comments)

Those two statements are not mutually exclusive.

Not in the theory, but in this case Denmark is currently a net exporter of fossil fuel based electricity, and a net importer of hydro-electric and nuclear power. That would change with these news though, or simply an issue that needs to be addressed as Denmark neighbours no longer can import peak-hour dirty power from Denmark.

about two weeks ago

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The Wayland Situation: Facts About X vs. Wayland

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "With the continued speculation and FUD about the future of Wayland at a time when Canonical is investing heavily into their own Mir Display Server alternative, Eric Griffith with input from Daniel Stone have written an article for Phoronix where they lay out all the facts. The "Wayland Situation" is explained with first going over the failings of X, the fixings of Wayland, common misconceptions about X and Wayland, and then a few other advantages to Wayland. For anyone interested in X/Wayland or the Linux desktop at a technical level, it's an article certainly worth reading!"
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Too Perfect a Mirror

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Jeff Mitchell writes on his blog about what almost became "The Great KDE Disaster Of 2013". It all started as simple update of the root git server and ended up with a corrupt git repository automatically mirrored to every mirror and deleting every copy of most KDE repositories. It ends by discussing what the problem is with git --mirror and how you can avoid similar problems in the future."
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Vulcanic Ash Grounds North Europe

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "In an interesting story of weather and techonology. After a vulcanic eruption in Iceland. All flights in and out the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have been suspended. Finland and Belgian is also shutting down airtravel, and the ash cloud is expected to affect airtravel in all of North Europe during the day. The reason the vulcanic ash grounds the planes is due to leasons learned from KLM Flight 867 in 1989, and British Airway Flight 9 in 1982, where vulcanic ash in both cases sandblasted front windscreen and shut down all four engines."
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KDE Announces Customized Sottware Compilations

Carewolf Carewolf writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Carewolf (581105) writes "Following the succesful example of the world's leading operating systems. KDE announces that future KDE Software Compilations will now also be offered in multiple customized version to cater different needs. There is the Ultimate Freedom Edition geared towards users who prefer the ultimate in customization. There is the Dwarfed Freedom Edition, inspired by other desktops designed for midgets, aimed at users who prefers a more limited set of options, Finally there is the Basic Freedom Edition for users from outside the world of open source, this version will for instance fully enforce security through obscurity,"
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