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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Chas Lois Lerner (188 comments)

Now if only someone would exhaustively search out HER e-mails.

yesterday
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp-out Fraud By Patent Examiners

Chas Best performance? HAH! (123 comments)

"If 'thousands' of USPTO employees were not doing their work, it would be impossible for this agency to be producing the best performance in recent memory and, perhaps, in its entire 224 year history."

No. No it wouldn't. Because you get behavior like this. Where they aren't actually looking at what they're SUPPOSED to be researching. They're, at best, skimming and passing it along, which takes minimal to no effort.

2 days ago
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Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US

Chas Because the terrorists won. (94 comments)

Basically every idiot in this country would now, gleefully, throw away his rights and sell his immortal soul for the (false) promises of "safety" and "security".

2 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Chas Re:Cart FIRMLY in front of horse! CHECK! (437 comments)

Spoken by someone that's never been to Reno, NV in the winter time. Average snowfall is two feet. You Googled some info for your rant but not enough. I am guessing you work for the coal industry?

Do yourself a favor and pull off the tinfoil hat kid.

And that's average snowfall over the entire year. Or an average of 2 inches a month.

There are some MONTHS (hell, in some storms, single DAYS) where a place like Chicago, Detroit, etc sees that much or more.

3 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Chas Re:Cart FIRMLY in front of horse! CHECK! (437 comments)

Your right. We should just quit trying and listen to your ideas...........I'm tired of hearing "we can only produce 40% of the power we need not 100% so this idea sucks.

Totally not what I said.

I said that there are places where this simply doesn't make sense. Either for logistical and/or economic reasons.

YOU added the "so we should never do it" sentiment.

3 days ago
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If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Chas Cart FIRMLY in front of horse! CHECK! (437 comments)

Tesla is doing this

Uhm. They haven't even broken ground yet. So no, they're NOT.

Until the site is up and 100% operational, this is all smoke being blown out someone's ass.

Why don't others do this?

Because this sort of solution isn't suitable everywhere.

Reno sees about 250 sunny or partly sunny days a year, with roughly 60% of those being totally sunny.

A place like Chicago sees 189 sunny or partly sunny days a year with roughly 40% of those being totally sunny.

Places like Reno don't have to deal with long stretches of extreme low temperatures and snow measured in feet.

Also, there's the land use to consider. Farmland is a LOT more valuable for what it can produce than a big stretch of desert land. So converting it to a wind/solar farm from food production is idiotic.

There's also issues of space availability. If you have a factory in someplace like Los Angeles, you simply aren't going to have the land area to build a totally renewable setup.

On top of this, what other environmental impacts does building in this manner, on a wide-scale basis (not just one factory, but dozens/hundreds/thousands of businesses and their facilities) have?

There's also the issue that the local utility needs to be set up to accept power back into the system.

And finally, if everyone's doing this, how do you maintain a stable power production industry? And how does the industry finance maintenance, expansion and construction of new facilities to replace old/obsoleted facilities that have met/exceeded their productive lifetimes?

4 days ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

Chas They're not caryatids! (92 comments)

They're Weeping Angels! Don't blink!

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Chas Honestly? Wouldn't use one. (471 comments)

Sorry to all the Dick Tracy fans and everything.

But I have my phone. I don't need an additional device. Especially not something that lives in wristwatch land.

In my line of work I can't wear wristwatches or jewelry on my wrists. I'd have to constantly be taking it off to the point where I may as well not even bother wearing it in the first place.

Not to mention I have an uncanny history of killing digital/battery operated wristwatches just by wearing them. Not that I damage them like bouncing them off walls, furniture or anything like that. Just, usually in about 30-60 days of wearing one, I used to have digital wristwatches (even expensive ones) just up and die on me. Even battery replacement didn't help after the first time or two.

5 days ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Chas Re:Microsoft? OH HELL NO! (368 comments)

Yeah, but Minecraft ain't an FPS. It's an entirely different class of multiplayer game. And one that Microsoft has, historically, never been able to crack properly.

5 days ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

Chas Microsoft? OH HELL NO! (368 comments)

Okay! I understand a monster cash infusion could help Minecraft Studio immensely.

And I'll be damned if I tell Mojang they "MUST" refuse a big payday for all the work they've done.

But Microsoft has proved, time and again, that it simply doesn't know how to deal with properties like this and pretty much always winds up shutting them down because they can't figure out a way to monetize it properly.

about a week ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

Chas Helium eh? (296 comments)

When approached for a comment, Dejah Thoris would only say "How have I come to be on Jasoom? And where is John Carter?".

about a week ago
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Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

Chas Paypal + Bitcoin? (134 comments)

Man. Talk about a giant shit sandwich...

about a week ago
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Nonprofit Builds Salesforce Cloud For the Blind

Chas That had to be expensive as fuck (13 comments)

I've seen "cheap" SF.com customizations before. And going by those benchmarks, I don't even wanna know what the cash outlay was for this.

And the worst part? At the end of the day, you're still leg-shackled to SalesForce.com with no real control over your data.

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Chas Re:Man I hates these guys (524 comments)

Seriously though.

Just remember, there's a fairly solid difference between wanting to take a gun and shoot people and ACTUALLY GOING OUT AND DOING IT.

It's a little muscle-like think most people have long since stopped exercising. We call it "self control".

Now, imagine, if you will, I had access to anything from a wrist rocket, all the way up to tacnukes.

Would the desire to just hit the "Meatspace Erase Button" ever actually push me into doing it? Again. "Self-control".

Would NOT using "Meatspace Erase" preclude me from lingering on the concept fondly? Hell no! I'm human!

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Chas Re:Man I hates these guys (524 comments)

Schmucks like you give gun-banners something to wield.

C'mon. It's not like I have anger management issues here!

YOU'RE still alive right?

Right?

Ah fuck. Killed another one.

Hello? Bob's Insta-Burial? Yeah. It's me again. Yeah, I'm still on the flat-rate plan...

about a week ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

Chas Re:Earth (105 comments)

Ah. But that's where you're overthinking it.

How may multi-core GPUs have EXACTLY 42 (Forty Two) cores?

  =)

  =D

The plot thickens!

about a week ago
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Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

Chas Re:Earth (105 comments)

You know what would be awesome? A 42-cores CPU. To keep your cup of tea really, really hot.

Unfortunately cores this large, powerful and complex all stand excellent chances of spontaneously self-triggering SMEF (Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure).

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Chas Man I hates these guys (524 comments)

FCC: We're redefining what constitutes "high speed broadband", as the current description is about 10 years old.
TelcomLobby: We're good with what we have now.
FCC: Unfortunately no. Your networks haven't really grown in capacity for the end-user in several years now. And by the new definitions, your service won't qualify as "high speed".
TelcomLobby: We're good with what we have now.
FCC: No, that's what we're telling you, you're not.
TelcomLobby: Uh. Can we just bribe you not to make this change? It might affect our killer bottom line!

While I don't own a gun, it's times like these I wish I fucking did.

about a week ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Chas Re:Musk worship (260 comments)

All setting a corporate tax rate like that would do is create a massive tax dodge, while penalizing the workers.

I, for one, don't want to be ass-raped for 75% of my paycheck just so we can keep the government going.

about a week ago

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Netflix pay us. Verizon keeps throttling.

Chas Chas writes  |  about 2 months ago

Chas (5144) writes "Even though Netflix caved to Verizon's demands and is now paying protection money to them to ensure better service, Netflix performance still has not improved on the Verizon network.

This is the problem with giving in to extortion like this. Sure, Comcast at least made a token effort to improve performance for end-users. Verizon just treated it as a payday, and maintained status quo, continuing to blame Netflix."
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CEO of Bitcoin exhcange found dead

Chas Chas writes  |  about 6 months 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 and a half 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 3 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  |  about 8 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  |  about 8 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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