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WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

Chas Re:That's wierd... (93 comments)

It seems that when Facebook buys a company, they gain more users instead of less... This is going against what almost everyone here predicted would happen with both services: That no one wanted Facebook in their lives...

There's a sucker born every minute
- Often Misattributed to P.T. Barnum

And whoever DID actually codify that was a pessimist. Suckers are WAY more prolific than that...

12 hours ago
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ARIN Is Down To the Last /8 of IPv4 Addresses

Chas It's the end of the world as we know it. (255 comments)

And I feel cramped!

(He feels cramped.)

(He's a schmuck.)

(Kick his ass.)

HEY!

Sorry. My chorus gets a bit...independent at times.

I'm going to have to break them of that...again...

yesterday
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AMD Not Trying To Get Its Chips Into Low-Cost Tablets

Chas So AMD wants to doom themselves to...mediocrity? (87 comments)

Okay, Intel chips tend to outperform AMD on a clock-for-clock and core-for-core basis. So Intel has the high end pretty firmly locked in.

And Intel's going after the low end as well.

So where does that leave AMD?

Pretty much with whatever leavings Intel chucks their way?

2 days ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Chas Re:Not analogous (1116 comments)

No. Polygamy is outlawed for religious and tax reasons.

4 days ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Chas Re:Economics is the problem (217 comments)

The Federal Government study of this issue indicates that up to 80% of baseload power can come from renewables without any issue.

Yeah. Okay.

Who SPECIFICALLY commissioned that particular study? Who actually carried out the study?
And which particular special interests are they beholden to?

5 days ago
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In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults

Chas Re:Caffiene huh? (43 comments)

This isn't the stupidest comment I've ever seen on slashdot but its fuckin close.

It's a Beavis & Butthead reference.
Stupidity's the entire POINT!

=)

5 days ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Chas Re:Economics is the problem (217 comments)

Exactly how dirty and expensive is it? The French have been doing it for how long now?

That's why their waste containment facility FOR THEIR WHOLE COUNTRY is a small room with a vaulted floor.

As for "competing with solar and wind".

You're right, they're not going to be competitive.

You know why?

BECAUSE THERE'S NO COMPETITION!

Again, you CANNOT (and I will repeat for emphasis) CANNOT use solar OR wind power as your baseline power source. They aren't dependable sources. Anyone telling you they are is selling natural gas or some sort of petroleum product.

Nuclear IS a dependable, steady source that infrastructure engineers can PLAN for.

And the only reason nuclear has any sort of price comparison to solar or wind to begin with is the fact that, under the guidance of enviro-nuts, they've basically tarriffed the entire process, from proposition through decomission into the stratosphere. Require the kinds of multi-billion dollar investments (see bribes) for wind or solar plants that are now required for nuclear and watch the price of those options skyrocket too.

about a week ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Chas Re:Waste? (217 comments)

That's just it. Yucca Mountain was never finished and will never be opened.

It was a pork project and a boondoggle from the word go.

about a week ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Chas Re:Waste? (217 comments)

Right, it hasn't been done because a bunch of environmentalist morons have forestalled any reasonable measures of fuel reprocessing by invoking the "proliferation" boogeyman.

Yeah. Disposal is a non-starter. And should never have been pursued the way it was. Why? Because NOBODY wants that stuff in their back yard. They don't care HOW safe it is.

But, again, the dueling environmental agendas have basically left the fuel with no place to go. So it basically sits in containment casks out in back parking lots and the like.

As for "a plutonium economy". Why would it have to be solely plutonium? IFRs will burn plutonium, Uranium, Thorium and other fuels equally well. So you're burning stuff down until it's only going to be "hot" for a couple hundred years, rather than tens of thousands. And more, fully "spent" wastes burned in earlier generations of reactor can actually be used as fuel in later generations.

So we get rid of weapons-grade materials, and burn it down into something far far safer. And we get a buttload of power out of it at the same time.

How the hell isn't that a Win-Win-Win scenario?

Oh yeah, because no matter what, some idiot bridgae is going to equate nuclear power with "it's a bomb".

about a week ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Chas Re:deepwater horizon didn't happen? (217 comments)

Howso?

Unlike DH, a floating reactor has no hard-line connection to the sea floor that can be snapped the way the well head was.

It's basically soft anchored and just using subsurface water as a monster heatsink.

about a week ago
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In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults

Chas Caffiene huh? (43 comments)

So, did the stem cells all flip out, pull their shirts over their....uhh...whatevers...and start asking "Arrrre you thrrreatening me?"

about a week ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Chas Re:deepwater horizon didn't happen? (217 comments)

didn't we just spend half a year trying to deal with with a broken oil platform?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

DH was a failure of a blowout prevention device. This essentially BLASTED the rig off the well, which continued to spew oil.

You're not going to have that sort of problem with a reactor.

about a week ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Chas Re:Hey, I've got an even crazier idea . . . (217 comments)

How about we build nuclear reactors underground? The thing may get buried, but even that should help to contain rather than spread the contamination.

Just spitballing here. Feel free to flame away and tell me all the reasons why this can't ever be made to work. IANANE.

It's not that crazy. A lot of the new small reactor designs call for burying them.

about a week ago
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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Chas Re:Waste? (217 comments)

It's called "reprocessing".

"Spent" nuclear fuel can be reused many, many MANY times if it is reprocessed properly.

At that point, spent fuel "waste" becomes a non-issue.

about a week ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Chas Why is "power" supposedly an issue? (256 comments)

due to continued high prices for capacity, bandwidth and power

How the hell is power an issue? SSD's consume something around 1/100th of the power that a hard drive does.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Chas Re:What this basically means... (816 comments)

Yeah, because the threat of death is a big motivator for honest people to get involved in something.

Why the hell would an honest person want to get involved in politics?

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Chas He can kiss my ass. (1615 comments)

Sorry, but people aren't going to stand for this sort of revisionism.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

Chas Re:So while all of this was happening (797 comments)

4. Figure out why you're a target and change it.

I know why for me. Because I didn't want to get in trouble for beating the crap out of someone.
Because I didn't want to fight.
Because it was never a one-to-one fight.
Because whenever I fought back, I was immediately outnumbered and had the shit kicked out of me. Sorry, but IRL, martial arts training does NOT prepare you for fighting 15 people.
Because every time I complained, the stupid, piece of shit principal would reprimand ME.
Because every time I fought back, the stupid, piece of shit principal would reprimand ME.
Because the one time I fought back against someone who was attacking me IN A CLASSROOM WITH A TEACHER PRESENT, I had the teacher try to jump on ME and restrain ME.

Fuck that noise.

By the time I hit High School, the only thing that kept me from going Columbine was lack of access to a gun, and the fact that other large weapon would have been caught by my parents when they drove me to school.

People like this are the reason I DON'T allow myself to own a gun. The urge to shoot people like this is just overwhelming.
All school REALLY taught me was that you can't trust people in authority. Ever. And, as much as your parents want to help you, they can't do anything for you. Not that my parents didn't bust their humps trying. My grade school principal HATED my family, because my parents gave him and his lazy ass, do-nothing self absolute hell. But I still got the crap kicked out of me on a weekly basis from Grade 3-4 to Grade 8 and still had to deal with assholes throughout high school.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Chas What this basically means... (816 comments)

Is that it's time to start killing our way through politicians until we find some who are properly terrified of the general populace enough to actually simulate honesty and do their job with minimal graft and corruption.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Chas Re:huh? (327 comments)

I can handle a static or rotating banner (which is what the suggestions thing always has been).

As long as they're not stopping content in the middle to hawk crap at me.

about a week ago

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CEO of Bitcoin exhcange found dead

Chas Chas writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Chas (5144) writes "And still more hoopla surrounding Bitcoin. 28 year old CEO of First Meta Autumn Ratke was found dead in her Singapore apartment on February 28th. Local media is referring to it as a suicide, but officials are waiting on toxicology reports."
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Maxis/EA admit SimCity could run offline.

Chas Chas writes  |  about a year ago

Chas (5144) writes "Well, after a week or so of denying that SimCity "could not" be run in an offline mode, Maxis GM Lucy Bradshaw has reversed herself.

According to her blog, Maxis COULD have implemented an offline mode but "It wasn't part of their vision".

This coming to light after modders have come forth to show that the game can be played almost completely in offline mode.

And in other news, apparently they're also censoring their helpdesk number now as well.
1(866) 543-5435 (By the way)"

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Can the City of Heroes save... itself?

Chas Chas writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chas writes "As reported earlier, NCSoft has announced the impending closure of the City of Heroes superheroic MMO. So that's it. The end. Finis. Rocks fall, everyone dies.

Or is it?

Apparently they didn't reckon with a community that's spent the better part of a decade fighting evil and myriad world-ending threats. Now the citizens of Paragon City are stepping up to bat again. The stakes? The end of the world.

In a surprisingly civil and well coordinated effort, thousands of City of Heroes players have come together in a campaign to convince NCSoft that City of Heroes is worth saving. With online events, letter-writing campaigns, presence in social media and an online petition that's now in excess of 17,000 signatures. On top of that, they're seeing support from various people with some celebrity of their own such as Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day, and Mercedes Lackey.

So, while saving this game is still probably a long shot, many people, including those in the media, think that this group might just be able to save the day."

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Community seeks to stop closure of City of Heroes

Chas Chas writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Chas writes "On Friday, NCSoft announced the shuttering of Paragon Studios and the imminent closure of the City of Heroes MMO. After a brief period of shock, the budding heroes in the community sprang back into action. This time, facing a much different foe.

Multiple, coordinated actions are now under way, ranging from petitions to NCSoft against closure of the game, letter writing campaigns, attempts to find a potential buyer and new publisher for the game, as well as attempts possibly acquire the game via a crowd-sourced action."

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Researcher Trolls MMO, Ethical violations

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chas (5144) writes "Approximately two years ago, a story popped up on Slashdot about a researcher, David Meyers (aka Twixt) who had supposedly spent time "studying" players in the City of Heroes MMO. At the time, there was a lot of media attention about the subject. After a short time, it dropped and nothing more was heard on it until now.

Apparently one of the players who was upset did more than simply rant on a board. The player, who had some of their own training in sociology contacted both NCSoft and Loyola University to notify them about the ethical violations of experimenting on people (especially minors) without their permission.

Since then the Mr. Meyers has scrubbed almost all reference to his paper from his CV, and a book deal was quietly killed."

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

FreeJeremyDOTcom (5144) writes "Jeremy Hammond, of Chicago was sentenced last Thursday to two years in Federal Prison for hacking into the ProtestWarrior.

According to his plea-bargain agreement, he admitted to hacking into the ProtestWarrior servers and stealing upwards of 5000 credit card numbers. Reportedly, he had plans to use them to make fraudulent donations to various liberal causes.

In addition to his two year sentence, he was ordered to pay $5,250 in fines and restitution, and is barred from participating in any of the various hacking and anarchist groups for a period of 3 years after his release.

For the most part, all the various links point back to this article (may require registration/login) at the Chicago Tribune.

Of surprising note is the marked lack of support in the local hacker and anarchist communities for this person."
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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chas writes "I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased)."

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I am so SICK of brand-fapping.

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased).

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Been a while since I've looked into my preferences section. Indeed, I'm somewhat surprised at the host of options available to me now.

Quite cool in fact.

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