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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

Connie_Lingus Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (490 comments)

exactly, because market competition 99 times outta 100 increases efficiencies, and all that energy chasing capital, in the end, keeps your monthly bills down.

where are those incentives when government takes over? that a bunch of nameless faceless bureaucrats who have no skin in the game are concerned about costs?

how does that work?

 

3 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Connie_Lingus Re:the new (224 comments)

good question.

what I was trying to abstract is the instant "rush-to-judgement-and-sentence" mentality that I see creeping into all nooks and crannies of society where people just react to something on a screen in an instant, pass judgement and move on.

in both the ray rice and this case, you have a group or individual in power to affect someone else's life looking at something on a screen, instantly finding it distasteful, and relegating the person to a professional junkyard and a life of struggle without really ANY facts about the situation, the history, etc etc.

there is a very valid reason why jurisprudence does not adopt this model...ill leave it as an exercise to the reader to figure out why.

this is really disturbing to me because it reeks of a form of totally societal control that may someday lead to everyone having to be robots in order to *never* do anything that is recorded (which is quickly becoming everything we do) that may offend someone who controls levers of power.

5 days ago
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Amazon Forced To Reboot EC2 To Patch Bug In Xen

Connie_Lingus email from ec2... (94 comments)

"we will be re-booting the cloud today,,,in order to protect your 3,2 petabytes of data, you should download it to local storage in case of a fail event. thanks for using cloud storage on computing. have a great day."

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Connie_Lingus Re:Fine! (363 comments)

its a problem with ANY group or individual that want to decide what's "best for you."

what's best for you never seems to be very good for them.

5 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Connie_Lingus Re:They are doing it wrong ... (224 comments)

anonymous tips are almost worthless.

do you have any idea how many of those authorities receive daily?

without someone willing to testify and be "the face" of the situation, prosecutors have no real case.

5 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Connie_Lingus the new (224 comments)

yeah...i feel for this guy. i can relate.

in this day and age, pretty much anything you do that could potentially show that you are not a good little robot that sits up and says "more, please" when corporations and law enforcement slap you around goes on your record and eliminates you from enjoying that sort of upper middle-class life. how wonderful for the law-n-order types...no so much for independant souls.

it's happening all around us in real time...the Goodell story, Ray Rice...hashtag mobs become judge and jury for a few days and completely destroy lives.

  now I get it...in this case it's different but corporate HR departments are just hashtag mobs of 1.

5 days ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Connie_Lingus ahhh yes.... (149 comments)

I love the smell of American plutocracy first thing in the morning!

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Connie_Lingus Re:ASM (637 comments)

lol...and even the machine is abstracted away with VMs and such.

turtles all the way down.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Connie_Lingus memory management circa 2014 (637 comments)

go out and buy another gig or two of ram for a few bucks.

seriously...its hard enough to find professionals to build software without getting bogged down with mallocs and leaks for god's sake.

when java first hit in the 90's, prettty much the #1 feature was its automated garbage collection...why now are we debating this now?

oh...i know why...its same group of old folks who live in the past and think anything not invented or produced 20 years ago is shit.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

Connie_Lingus Re:Idiots (205 comments)

For about 80% of the courses, being there physically was worthwhile.

sounds suspiciously like life in general.

"80% of life is just showing up" - woody allen

about 2 months ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

Connie_Lingus Re:Devices (151 comments)

I hope he doesn't do away with their best product, the Microsoft mouse.

wrong.

microsoft bob...FTFY

about 2 months ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

Connie_Lingus Re:"mobile first" strategy (151 comments)

uhhh...hate to say it but almost always employees who are "scared of losing their job" work harder and become, at least short-term measurably more productive.

nothing motivates like fear.

about 2 months ago
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Connie_Lingus buy used (291 comments)

these type of comments are beginning to mystify me.

used, powerful android phones on swappa.com, ebay, or even you local pawn shop are plentiful.

in fact, i just bought a google nexus (verizon) for $80 at a local pawn shop...the same store was selling a almost new galaxy note 3 for $200...which i plan today to go buy and resell on swappa for a tidy profit.

life is too damn short to fuck around with a worthless handset.

about 2 months ago
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The debate over climate change is..

Connie_Lingus Re:n/t (278 comments)

really?

"Scientists overseeing temperature data collected by NASA satellite instruments compared real-world temperatures since 1979 to 73 climate prediction models produced by international government agencies, universities, and other climate groups, including 19 models produced by U.S. agencies, universities, and climate groups. All 73 models predicted substantially more warming than actually occurred, with the mean of the 73 models predicting three times as much warming as actually occurred."

this is a very significant finding. if by back-testing the models are mostly skewing towards over-warming predictions, how can anyone have any confidence these same models will be accurate moving forward?

about 2 months ago
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Breaches Exposed 22.8 Million Personal Records of New Yorkers

Connie_Lingus post-privacy world (41 comments)

isn't time we just ditch the fiction that privacy as we knew it in the 20th century is gone forever and accept that everything we do and say on any digital medium will be collected?

sheesh...yes I get it already...databases compromised, hacked, sold...NSA spying, collecting...

good lord how many times do we need to be wack-a-moled before we just stop caring?

about 2 months ago
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How Secret Partners Expand NSA's Surveillance Dragnet

Connie_Lingus news flash... (63 comments)

the powerful of the world use their confiscated wealth (via taxes) to harness technology to spy on everyone else. really how surprising.

move along, there is nothing to see here...

about 3 months ago
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Time Warner Sells Telecom Business to Level 3

Connie_Lingus well of course (38 comments)

This might be good for consumers, but recently Time Warner (and Comcast) won awards for consumer hatred."

and thus...the sell-off-slash-rebranding.

that's all this is, of course...when a brand as big as Time-Warner start being reviled by its customers, it's simply "time" to hit the ctrl-alt-delete and reboot things.

about 3 months ago
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Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

Connie_Lingus Re:this issue really hits a sore spot with me.. (224 comments)

The Europeans are playing 'cat and mouse' with a gorilla - a very smart gorilla, I might add. Regulating search engines is the most obvious way to attack this issue at a centralized point, but as you've pointed out the data will still be out there on one or many more other loci; only now it'll take more effort to identify all of the places where that data exists.

you put what i was trying to say in a much more eloquent way than I...bravo...i couldn't agree more.

about 4 months ago
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New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

Connie_Lingus Re:Credit rating databases aren't new (294 comments)

hate to burst your utopian-bubble, but the last time i checked, in world history Government has caused, roughly, about a bazillion times more pain and sufferings than any corporation could ever even begin to conceive of.

i can't get my head around this "trust the government" meme..."government" is nothing but a group of busybody people (yes the same type of people who work in corporations, and at taco bells, and everywhere else btw) who crave power and use personality and politics, NOT merit or compassion, to secure their base and influence and really care much less about your personal miseries and stresses then the typical corporate executive does.

its bad business to anger and kill your customers, governments rarely care about that sort of stuff, esp. they get in the way of maintaining their power over you and your life.

at least corporations have to compete for your blessings, and can pretty easily be displaced.

about 4 months ago
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New Federal Database Will Track Americans' Credit Ratings, Other Financial Info

Connie_Lingus huh? (294 comments)

hmmm...so why would us Americans have to give to the feds the very number they assigned to us?

sheesh...no wonder the healthcare website cost is at over $1bil and climbing.

about 4 months ago

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Tired Of Traffic? Jetpacks Make A Comeback.

Connie_Lingus Connie_Lingus writes  |  about a year ago

Connie_Lingus (317691) writes "Even though there seems to be several reasons why we don't have jetpacks ala the Jetson's yet, despite Wendell Moore's heroic efforts with the Bell Jet Flying Belt back in the 60's, it seems that a team in New Zealand has been successfully working on the problem and could have one ready by next year for sale.

With a seemingly renewed interested in these flying deathtraps, and even the obligatory Kickstarter project, is the world finally ready for these gizmos?"

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