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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Creepy Re:There is a difference. (582 comments)

Yeah, I imagine they were going to hack AMC and rig the film projector to overheat and explode, setting off the thermonuclear warhead it was attached to by the secret CIA program to hide nukes under film projectors.

Well, they did specifically say they were going to blow up every theater, not hack them. Almost certainly an idle threat unless North Korea has planted thousands of sleeper agents and activates them to do such a strike.

As for having unencrypted docs all over, I've seen that, even at corp levels - once you're behind the firewall, everything is unencrypted unless sending between sites or sending a secure mail such as to HR (our HR system requires it).

4 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Creepy Re:Failed state policies (427 comments)

Not to mention the stuff Obama is lifting is already so easy to circumvent it is relatively pointless. I've met numerous divers that have gone to Cuba via Mexico or Canada and Cozumel is filled with shops selling Cuban cigars, probably exclusively targeting Americans. Even during the Cold War I had a friend that visited Russia to study Russian architecture and brought back Cuban cigars (and they didn't bother to check where the cigars came from because he visited Russia... also they were much better back then - the subsidies helped immensely).

5 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Creepy Re:I wonder if... (427 comments)

True - my uncle lives in Florida and says most of them vote republican on the abortion issue alone (i.e. Catholic church influence) even if their dirt poor and on food stamps and the republicans tend to take those programs away. He's glad they do, as well, because it lets him keep more money. For reference, this is a very rich uncle and he can probably afford significantly higher taxes (which are all on investments these days - he retired a multimillionaire when he was 54 or 55, so he could spend more time doing things he loves, like traveling the world).

5 days ago
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The GPLv2 Goes To Court

Creepy Re:I quite doubt that the GPLv2 goes to court here (173 comments)

GPLv2 has a lot of gray areas, though. It can be used internally by a company without releasing source, it seems to apply to plugins but I've been explicitly told by GPLv3 authors that it does not when GPLv3 was in review, etc. Honestly, I disagree with the GPLv3 authors - a plugin is still a dynamically linked library and I honestly believe that you could use it maliciously to try and infect GPLv3 in commercial software (but I also think it would be thrown out in court). Since GPLv2 is equally ambiguous on plugins, it may also apply to that one, as well.

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

Creepy Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

That doesn't equate to great tasting coffees, though they are better than most (if not all) of the canned stuff.

And I'm far less of a snob with coffee than with beer - I will actually drink Keurig or canned coffee but I need to add cream. For black I prefer beans roasted 5 days or less before use and burr ground, with grind type as per the style of coffee (Turkish, espresso, french press, drip). Yes, home roasted. Unlike beer, home roasting has saved me a fortune after the initial expense, too ($~130 for 20# bags and $300 for the roaster offset the cost of buying beans at $14-18 a pop in 2 years).

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Creepy SMB jet airliner (244 comments)

The Steve Miller band stumped me for years with "big old jet airliner," though I had no idea what he was saying. My best guess was Jeb O'Brian, whoever that was.

In my 20s I spent a LOT of time listening to and writing down lyrics for my cover band and finally figured that one out (and no, I didn't have the album, in fact, I rarely had the albums, thank you very much - not really my favorite music, but I played it).

about two weeks ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Creepy Re:In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Bay-bee (244 comments)

Not really - that is the actual lyrics, a record exec or something like that couldn't understand them and thus the song name.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

Creepy Re:Sony needs to invest in their IT (170 comments)

They didn't specify the attack, but a DDoS attack (part of this group's MO) is notoriously difficult to counter because it relies on the lack of security of the user community rather than the company itself. They use, say, a half million computer bot network to flood the target servers with requests. While you can theoretically block request flooding, sheer numbers can still overwhelm systems.

about two weeks ago
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Ralph H. Baer, a Father of Video Gaming, Dies At 92

Creepy Re:The Magnavox Odyssey (47 comments)

Can't recall gameplay, but most major sports had games (football, baseball, basketball, hockey). I also remember the color overlays for the TV. My age was in the single digits when I played this console, so I don't remember much (and certainly don't remember when it came out - played it maybe mid-to-late 1970s).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Creepy Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

Not to mention the forced prison labor market. Felons get to learn "valuable skills" (for third world countries) and make products to sell at full value while getting paid a pittance. Refuse to work? No problem, 3 months in solitary will cure that, or you'll just go nuts. Really, the prison system is just slavery by another name.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Creepy Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

It may be possible to intern with a company first to prove you are a changed person, but yeah, hard to break in, especially with any established company. There is an effort to "ban the box," but until that takes root, employers will ask if you have a criminal past.

  Another option would be to try contracting. My brother's contracting company (electrical engineering) requires a proven skill set, but I doubt if they do any background checks. The hard part, of course, is proving you've got the skills (they hire extremely skilled workers in a very narrow category of electrical engineering). I know another company that does web design and they occasionally hire contractors, as well.

about two weeks ago
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Dragon Age: Inquisition Reviewed and Benchmarked

Creepy This game has issues with both nVidia and Win 8.1 (91 comments)

On the forums and from personal experience I can tell you there is a crash bug with Windows 8.1 64 bit with nVidia cards during cutscenes where framerates drop to near zero. Worst thing about it is it's random. I wasn't able to reproduce it with Windows 7 64 bit also with an nVidia card (albeit older laptop card).

Fortunately, I was reading the forums and there are fixes coming. They know about nVidia framerate problems, random sound dropouts (in fact, they are looking for 60+ hour saves that have this problem) and many of the crashes.

about three weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Creepy Re:What a shock (409 comments)

Yeah, Cs-137 is definitely something to worry about at least in the short-to-medium term, because it is water soluble and both a beta and gamma emitter (meaning exposure and ingestion are a factor), but risk depends on how much exposure you get. It also should be about half of what it initially was, since its half life is around 30 years. Some of the longer lived (miilions of years) particles are not something you really need to worry much about - you get worse stuff from natural gas (radon in particular) and probably higher concentrations from coal (fly ash contains lots of uranium and thorium in particulate form released into the air - in solid form these two are not particularly dangerous since the skin is a very good at absorbing alpha and beta).

In any case, radiation is a vague term, since it depends on type of emitter, half life, and type of exposure (i.e.skin, lungs, stomach) as for how dangerous it is. Generally, long half life=lower risk, which is why potassium isn't a big deal to have in our bodies despite being radioactive.

about three weeks ago
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Creepy Re:Mildly off-topic, but... (138 comments)

Highly radioactive usually has more to do with faster decay rate. As for how dangerous, it depends on the emitter and how it is absorbed. As for how much energy, it depends on substance, if it is fissile (at least for energy producing), and its neutron efficiency. Thorium, uranium, and plutonium generate more neutrons than they consume and thus can be used for a sustainable nuclear reaction. If it isn't one of those three, it probably isn't desirable - Protactinium, for example, has a huge cross section and absorbs neutrons slowing the reaction, so in a reactor it is usually desirable to pull it out, wait for it to decay to Uranium, and toss it back in (but this is a proliferation concern :P ).

Alpha - Ok for skin exposure, bad in stomach, lungs, or other tissues
Beta - relatively OK for skin exposure, bad in stomach lungs or other tissues (but not as bad as certain alpha emitters, I believe)
Gamma - pass through organics, bad for them.

For instance, Polonium is a fast alpha emitter. Skin is very good at protecting against alpha emitters, so you could wear gloves and handle it (to avoid any chance of dermal absorption). You, however, in no way want to ingest it - in the lungs and tissues it wreaks havoc and can kill in days (which is why Polonium was used to kill Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian dissident). Beta emitters are mostly absorbed by the skin, but penetrate deeper than alpha emitters. Gamma emitters go through most everything except heavy metals like lead, so it is recommended that you get as little exposure to these as possible (either inside you or outside).

about three weeks ago
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Creepy Re:FBR fast breeder reactors (138 comments)

Wrong - fast breeders in the United States were killed over basically proliferation concerns and safety issues. Financial was never a reason - you go from .5-5% fuel efficiency to 70% (without reprocessing) or 99.5% (with reprocessing) - that's pretty much like going from a Abrams tank to a Prius - you basically go from a subsidized industry (because it can't compete with coal in the US due to the overhead) to an industry that can sustain itself and could beat coal handily. Sadly, the "facts" given to kill the program were largely based on Gen I and II reactors and largely didn't apply to the FBR program.

Meanwhile, Russia is already exporting theirs. China bought the BN-800 design in 2009, making it the first exported Fast Breeder (though they won't get it until Russia's goes fully online in 2015 - it currently is running in low power mode).

about three weeks ago
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Creepy Re:future... (138 comments)

In this case, what we call waste is actually a viable fuel. We (and I'm talking about most countries, not just the US) just have an aversion to breeder reactors that can make it so and on-site reprocessing that makes the process more fuel efficient (up to about 99.5%). Whether a need for such reactors appears before fusion is a viable alternative is the question, though if we keep throwing money at tokamak designs like ITER instead of much cheaper designs like polywell it may be.

about three weeks ago
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Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Creepy Re: the best use (138 comments)

Plutonium is the fuel a fast breeder reactor burns, actually. You use fertile uranium (aka nuclear waste) with a starter of fissile plutonium (or uranium?) and breed the fertile uranium up to fissile plutonium and split it. Usually this is U-238 to P-239. The main issue with this type of reactor is designs call for on-site reprocessing for better fuel efficiency and this is considered a proliferation risk. The proliferation issue is why Russia's fast breeder designs at Beloyarsk don't have on-site reprocessing and only achieve about 70% fuel efficiency (the US abandoned fast breeders in 1996, though private work continues). Still, 70% > .5-5% for conventional reactors, and it burns actinides and nuclear waste.

Fast breeder isn't the only Gen IV design, just the one most like conventional reactors, which is why the US and Russia both initially adopted that design.

about three weeks ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Creepy Re:IQ of congress (163 comments)

I don't pretend to be a climate scientist, so I have to go off of charts and information they provide. I also didn't jump on a bandwagon, I read arguments by both sides and studies.

In the end, there was a paper where something like 97% of scientists in the climate sciences field agree in climate change/global warming including the biggest naysayer that most republicans were using as a reference for a long time. The major flaw in the 97% study I believe was that about 75% of them assumed humans were at fault as part of their study, but you've still got 22% vs 3% or less with no pre-assumptions. If you don't believe them, here is a simple NASA chart showing carbon dioxide levels for the past 650000 years. That shows greenhouse gasses up a lot in a short period of time. It could be caused by emissions, chopping down rainforests, or whatever combo, but the bottom line is carbon dioxide is at the highest level in 650000 years and it happened in a short period of time. The earth takes a long time to warm and cool - we may not notice the effects of this for 20000 years or more and we may be able to fix it in the meantime and never see change.

But if you are like my brother, you will deny any climate results older than 10000 years because the devil put them there. As I said, there always will be naysayers.

about a month ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Creepy Re:Well that's a start... (163 comments)

The problem is, the code looks something like this right now

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <unistd.h>

int dem = 1;
int rep = 1;

void main() {
    while (dem||rep)
    {
        fork();
    }
}

For you non programmers, that is a slight take on an old UNIX joke for taking down the mainframe before we had process limits. Pretty sure congress doesn't have any limits, and they certainly can't budget.

about a month ago

Submissions

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Mozilla turns 10!

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Creepy (93888) writes "According to Mozilla.org, Mozilla has officially turned 10 today.

March 31, 1998 is the date that Mozilla was officially launched. It's the date the first Mozilla code became publicly available under the terms of an official open source license and a governing body for the project — the Mozilla Organization — began its public work. It's always been known in Mozilla parlance as "3/31." We'll be celebrating Mozilla's 10 year anniversary throughout 2008.
"

Journals

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I realized today that it had been over a year since my last journal entry, so here's a new one. I'm still busy, I still work on computers and do OSS dev in my spare time (mostly computer graphics-sorts of projects). I've recently been tinkering with geometry shaders, but I'm still "feeling around" for how powerful they can be, and I'm mainly interested in using them for surface curvature correction (yes, I have weird hobbies...)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I have no new stuff to report. Nothing fun at all - get a life and read somebody else's journal ;)

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Oblivion... underwhelmed?

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Am I the only one that is underwhelmed by Oblivion?

The game is fairly pretty on my high end GPU (shadows are seriously broken - the backface shows), but it plays like Morrowind and you have to maximize your skills to actually play it at any reasonable difficulty, unlike Morrowind, which I find pretty lame. By the time I figured that out, I was already 15 hours into the game and not willing to restart, so I had to seriously drop the difficulty slider. To make matters worse, a good sneaky character does ok in 1 on 1 non-scripted situations, but when you get 2 or 3 or 4 on 1 situations, well, you can't backstab them all and you get pummeled in light armor. At this point, the game seems to be great for all out fighters and all out mages, but mixed classes will have a tough time unless you specifically target three skills each level and don't touch any others (which is hard to do because walk is so slow that I always have run on and gain acrobatics). Anyhow, enough venting - think I'll program on my own game for a while.

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well, it was time to add something new. My outside blog is where I post most stuff like this, but in the interest of semi-anonymity, I usually don't talk about anything outside of slashdot here. Makes for a boring log, tho.

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I do actually come here...

Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm worse at checking this thing than I am my web site, which is to say that I'm not good at it. I think I have too many journals.

If you have anything to say to me, say it here and maybe I'll notice :)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

So some people modded me down for an offtopic post marked Off Topic in the subject where there was a thread on some guy's incorrect sig... twice.

Like they were expecting an on-topic post :P

Sigh - yeah, I know, Slashdot says keep posts on topic, which I usually do, but hey - in context to what? I was on topic in context of the other guy's post :)

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I found it odd that in the past month I've received mod points 3 times, and hadn't been given any in about 4 months... and none of my recent posts have modded either way and I only meta-moderated once.

Bizarre.

Ah well, better go spend the latest batch.

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Creepy Creepy writes  |  more than 10 years ago

On this day, I consecrate my journal.

I'm not exactly sure why, but it needed to be done - and it certainly is more entertaining than watching Install Shield installing components of another product I have to have tested by the Monday before last.

Yawn. I hate working overtime weekends on boring projects. Well, enough yammering, the install is done. Back to work.

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