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Security Company Tries To Hide Flaws By Threatening Infringement Suit

Crashmarik Re:Why do companies insist on producing shit ? (123 comments)

Because they need to because they can and if they don't make a success they are all screwed to the wall. Plenty of incentive to bend people's morality which is usually pretty non existent to begin with.

4 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Crashmarik Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

I am no expert, but I believe it's because they are easy.

They are easy to pitch. You just use the comic book to explain the concept.

They are easy to script. Logic and reason fly out the window. You don't want mutants to be exterminated ? Declare war on the U.S. in their name.

The action scenes and big explosions are built in. Just take it straight from the storyboard aka comic book.

They have a built in market. Pre sold to the comic fans.

The people that go to them don't expect much and hence are rarely disappointed

about a week ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Crashmarik Seeing his agency uses parallel construction (284 comments)

To effectively violate the 4th amendment as it is. I have a great deal of trouble believing his concerns are legitimate and complete.

What's more the greatest problem with a full on surveillance state that can and does relentlessly bring the full weight of the state against people without the means to properly defend themselves is the number of false positives can easily exceed the number of actual criminals.That would be actual crimes, not the simple fact the complexity of our legal system renders most people guilty of something.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Crashmarik Re:Republicans Control Michigan (294 comments)

Rinos believe in small government when they are out of office.
Like anyone else they believe they know whats best for everyone else when in office.

Oddly enough this actually validates the position that government should be as minimalist as feasible.

about a week ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Crashmarik Re:Gamer Gate Why ? (164 comments)

> Who the fuck cares
I don't, but the author's of the offensive articles really screwed up.

They took a demographic they considered male, teenage basement dwellers and wrote a couple of astonishingly offensive articles, on a website aimed at that demographic. Then they found out that 'gamer' != that demographic. It cuts right across all levels of society and all genders. So they managed to write something offensive to everyone. When the story broke out of bubble of that one website, sympathy for the authors was heavily muted by the fact that everyone who plays computer games, myself included, think they brought it upon themselves, because they can see plainly how offensive the articles were and how they articles are talking squarely about them, regardless of where they sit in society.

Not being the sort of person to take offense at random things on the internet, I really don't care, but it's still pretty obvious the authors screwed up and got a predictable response. Society has people who live on a broad distribution of extremism. If you uniformly offend people across the distribution, you're going to offend the sort of people who send death threats over the internet for fun.

Pretty much exactly my impression. The one thing you miss in this, is it will definitely be an upward move for the key victims. I have no doubt that Sarkesian has had employment offers and speaking engagements at a level she never had before this.

about a week ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Crashmarik Gamer Gate Why ? (164 comments)

Really why bring that into a story that's about people who are passionate about creating great games. Gamergate is about people playing the victim card, and pulling a shakedown on an industry. Sad for use we made it work for them. Who cared about Sarkesian before this ?
 

about a week ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

Crashmarik Re:LOL Users are going to click obliviously (111 comments)

Yes laziness
Apparently the SMBC site doesn't tag it's comics well enough for google to find them or put them anywhere near the top of it's rankings

Only so much effort that I am willing to make to point out the ridiculousness of this story. There are still corporate intraweb sites running on IE 6 because developers and users just didn't give a crap. Users of course are the ultimate culprits and will turn off security settings faster than you can say i can haz cheezburger. Enabling click to play isn't even a speedbump.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Crashmarik Re:Also if accurate its a big slap in the face (566 comments)

They promised to deliver said something in 50 years given increased funding. Instead, the funding steadily decreased. Well guess what, if you keep giving them less money, the schedule is going to stretch out further and further. So that's your "it's always in 20 years" effect, completely self-fulfilled.

Yes what they promised to deliver was a less advanced version of ITER that would have cost more in constant dollars. JHC man think this stuff through.

You can see the endpoint of tokomak research. It's sitting there in france, it's expensive and uneconomical.
What is your response ? If we had of spent more money we could have wasted it faster and funneled more into a dead end ?

In any engineering process at some point when things are going horrendously wrong you have to stop and say "There must be a better way".

What happened with "BIG FUSION" was so many prominent people had based their careers on a failed concept there was no way they were ever going to say "Oops we were wrong". Hell just look at the Princeton Fusion project which is multiple ways wrong and obsoleted but is staying afloat because of the university's connections to congressmen.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Crashmarik Re:Also if accurate its a big slap in the face (566 comments)

If only we had magical precognition powers telling us which approach is going to work in advance, we could save money by only funding that approach and ignoring all the rest.

In the meantime, though, we have to invest in different approaches and hope that at least one of them produces something useful.

Well we have a couple of magical things one is called hindsight the other is called cost accounting.

Hindsight comes into play when people promise to deliver something for 50 YEARS !!! and fail to deliver but keep saying they just need more money to git er done.

Cost accounting comes into play when the prototype reactor is going to cost $ 50,000,000,000.00 !! and there is no guarantee it will work and the people pushing it have a very good chance of coming back with their hands out.

Both of those things involve a little magical something called common sense. It's a very strange kind of magic, in that you have to put away the wishful thinking, get a hard nose and actually start questioning what people are telling you.

Anyone foolish enough to take anyone's word on faith, be it a Televangelist or a guy in a labcoat with a degree deserves the raping they will get.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Crashmarik Re:Wow. A Bushbot. (376 comments)

Go back to your bridge little troll.

about two weeks ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Crashmarik Heh Heh pain for Comcast and Time Warner (139 comments)

Really this is what the merger was really about and having content abandon them couldn't be better.

Netflix 8$/month streaming
HBO $20/month tv + straming

HBO Subscribers >> Netflix

Who is actually profiting here ? The cable TV company

Net neutrality and isp choice => their death and there couldn't be more deserving entities for capitalism's creative destruction

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

Crashmarik Was this ever anything but a slogan for sheep ? (376 comments)

Saddam based his entire foreign policy on having his enemies believe he had them. He had used them on both internal and external enemies in the past, it really should come as no surprise to anyone that they were there.

The only people I can see taking this as a great revelation are those that went around shouting "Bush Lied People Died", while they went around having tourettes fits if you mentioned anything good about the man. I doubt even they believed it, but just found it a convenient way to shut down reasoned argument. You could point out that President Clinton bombed Iraq first to stop the WMD program there http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B... and it would sail over their heads.

The most mind boggling thing is apparently both sides are singularly polarized on the current president who has been implementing the exact same policies as his predecessor. Albeit, a Republican president might have permanently stationed troops in Iraq and prevented ISIS.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Crashmarik Also if accurate its a big slap in the face (566 comments)

To everyone who was saying we had to invest more in ITER, or that if we had of been increasing our funding of Tokomak related work was anything but a big science pork barrel.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Crashmarik Details would be nice (566 comments)

This is as about as content free a news story as I have ever seen.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Radiation Mimicked In the Lab

Crashmarik Apparently its meant to an analog (66 comments)

They seem to be trying to create a physical analog to the mathematical theory.
What they are doing is remarkably similar to building an analog computer to perform the computations described in the theory. They have physical objects that have properties similar to the mathematical theory of event horizons.

While this is certainly interesting as a technical piece of work, I doubt you can learn much about event horizons with it. At best it will be another way to perform the computations, at worst it will provide misleading results.

about two weeks ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

Crashmarik America is the great experiment in democracy (208 comments)

I guess at this point we are finding out just exactly where the limits of "government of the people, by the people, for the people" really are.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Study: Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Crashmarik Re:Cue in deniers (295 comments)

Yeah TBH that PHD on my wall really doesn't mean I understand science after all it's in C.S.

What I do understand about science is that when I was getting me education 40 years scientists were still people who understood how much they didn't know.
Seems in many fields that stopped and they became people who were certain of everything and convinced anyone who had doubts should be pilloried.

about two weeks ago

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