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Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

Culture20 Re:News at 11.. (577 comments)

And hot dogs contain only 0.01% dog. They would prefer to be called something different, but they're not sentient.

yesterday
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Culture20 Re:Pitiful (225 comments)

Who would have opposed it? The Judean People's Front?

yesterday
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"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

Culture20 Re: America! (225 comments)

Next, I guess we'll see, It's A Wonderful Life Transformer Terminator.

"Every time a bell rings, I'll be back." *transforms into a pickup truck and drives through the wall*

yesterday
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Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

Culture20 Re:Don't Make Storms Mad (69 comments)

I'm glad someone here is willing to start Harpying to remind us that A-Bombs aren't the only source of gamma rays, and that Thunderbolts* are more common.

*Spoiler alert. Who is the Red Hulk?

2 days ago
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Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

Culture20 Re: Don't Make Storms Mad (69 comments)

Don't worry, there is a solution. Name all storms Johnny, then they'll just burn us to death.

That's cosmic, man. Cosmic rays, that is.

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

Culture20 Re:So stream it... (579 comments)

And food. But not movie theater food.

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

Culture20 Re:So stream it... (579 comments)

Air drop the movie and portable DVD players into NK.

2 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Culture20 Re:Meaningless (172 comments)

"we do not show a breakdown of drives per manufacturer, model, or vintagedue to the proprietary nature of these data". I'm not sure exactly what that means.

Perhaps part of their discount is tied to a deal to provide exclusive data of failure rates to the manufacturers? Same effect as buying silence, but seemingly more legit.

2 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

Culture20 Re:Meaningless? (172 comments)

I hate to say it, but this is probably the correct answer. Every failed write to a sector on the 7200's requires the drives to relocate the data, making the 5400's "faster" to write the complete data if they get fewer write errors.

2 days ago
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In IT, Beware of Fad Versus Functional

Culture20 Re: Implementation not the technology. (153 comments)

The defining characteristic of "cloud" is "on someone else's stuff that you get a monthly bill for", sold to management as a way to be rid of those pesky IT types who insist on actually taking more than a minute and a half to do something complicated.

Well, we've removed a cost center for the company and only increased our risk by an unknowable percent. It's working so well that we're planning on outsourcing our middle management to cloud intelligent systems from the same company. Since our whole company relies on the success of this cloud provider, maybe we'll by it to reduce our risk then do the same thing with their IT cost center. We'll double the savings!

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Culture20 Re:Easier method (446 comments)

the Andy Griffith type cop is becoming a minority in this day and age.

The Andy Griffith type cop never existed, and was unique even within the context of the show (remarked on by outsiders visiting Mayberry constantly). At best, you might get Adam-12 or Dragnet type cops.

3 days ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

Culture20 Angles? (190 comments)

This could be nausea inducing if they don't know exactly where someone is looking from. What if the driver turns his head but is looking in the rear view mirror? Can the rear posts figure out that they need to project an image to the mirror and back the the driver's eyes? Do these displays look bewildering to passengers who might incorrectly warn the driver? "Look out!" It might be better to figure out how to design hollowed posts with honeycomb designs that sacrifice safety for err.. safety.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Culture20 Re:Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

Christianity started out violent but eventually mellowed out for the most part. Islam is just several ticks behind the times.

Excuse me? Do you really mean that? Seriously?!? Christianity started out with a jewish rabbi who got nailed to a cross. Are you suggesting that he started a violent movement that needed "mellowing"? That strikes me as crossing well over the line of victim blaming.

There was that one time that Peter cut the High Priest's slave's ear off, and Jesus was all like "Peter, chill bro!" Although Christianity didn't start until after that.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Culture20 Re:Australian Gun Laws are STRICT! (873 comments)

Australia doesn't have the 2nd Amendment.

Not true. The second amendment to the Australian Constitution in 1910 amended Section 105 so that it read

The Parliament may take over from the States their public debts, or a proportion thereof according to the respective numbers of their people as shown by the latest statistics of the Commonwealth, and may convert, renew, or consolidate such debts, or any part thereof; and the States shall indemnify the Commonwealth in respect of the debts taken over, and thereafter the interest payable in respect of the debts shall be deducted and retained from the portions of the surplus revenue of the Commonwealth payable to the several States, or if such surplus is insufficient, or if there is no surplus, then the deficiency or the whole amount shall be paid by the several States.

Where previously it had read

The Parliament may take over from the States their public debts as existing at the establishment of the Commonwealth , or a proportion thereof according to the respective numbers of their people as shown by the latest statistics of the Commonwealth, and may convert, renew, or consolidate such debts, or any part thereof; and the States shall indemnify the Commonwealth in respect of the debts taken over, and thereafter the interest payable in respect of the debts shall be deducted and retained from the portions of the surplus revenue of the Commonwealth payable to the several States, or if such surplus is insufficient, or if there is no surplus, then the deficiency or the whole amount shall be paid by the several States.

5 days ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Culture20 Re:Why does this need a sequel? (297 comments)

Ridley Scott said so. It's his movie

Any artist knows that art is part creation and part interpretation. Ridley Scott could make a movie with 60,000 frames of a solid color that he calls blue. But if everyone who watches the movie (pity them) says the 60,000 frames are all solid orange, then Scott most concede. The viewer gets the final say since they perform the interpretation. If the artist intended for a different interpretation, they should make their piece more communicative. Directors/Writers: Please do not use this as an excuse to boringly explain everything in your movies.

about a week ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

Culture20 Re:Unix philosophy (269 comments)

Unix philosophy. Do one thing and do it right. Same reason I have an old school e-Reader instead of an Amazon Fire. I also own a stand alone calculator and digital camera. Trying to put everything into one Tricorder type device is not the future yet. Unless your future is one device that does 10 things sub-par.

I agree with you on the camera, but the e-Reader? I use old-school paper-Readers. My copy of Flatland does one thing, and does it right. I own a stand-alone calculator, but I have no idea where it is. The graphing and scientific capabilities of my laptop and my phone outpace my calculator by miles. And the convenience of the smartphone-as-calculator shouldn't be overlooked. It's like a suped-up version of the late 1980's calculator wrist-watch, but not a fashion faux-pas.

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

Culture20 Re:I feel old-school (240 comments)

They could kill IT in that 10-ppl company and might well get away with it. They probably would recreate an "online-app-maintenance" guy with much lesser influence and be done with internal IT with in-house developpers.

And in 2-3 years, they'll have removed all redundancy thinking it's bloat. They'll even have switched the one server from your RAID 10 setup that you started them with to be a RAID 0 with four drives because that's how the "online-app-maintenance" guy runs his home gaming rig. After 4 years, the company will lose everything.

While marketing will put forth a hundred short-lived ideas I do strive for stability, for things to be scalable and durable.

You're not a fuddy-duddy. You know what these ideas are that marketing is putting forth, and you know that they'd be good for a short time, but your job is to think long-term. You're protecting the company from baring its rear.

about a week ago

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Facebook forces your information to be public now

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "I just hopped on FB, and went to change my status (yes, I was going to say what I ate for lunch). A popup appeared, saying it wanted to change all my information into links. Being a geek, I chose the "edit them individually" method since I didn't know if the links would be correct. Then I read the following text:

Confirm the Pages that will be on your profile
Uncheck any Page you don't want to link to. Linking to education and work Pages may also create additional Pages, such as for your major or job title. If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

If you don't link to any Pages, these sections on your profile will be empty. By linking your profile to Pages, you will be making these connections public.

You are about to remove this information
If you don't link to any Pages, the following sections on your profile will be empty:
  • Work and Education
  • Current City
  • Hometown
  • Likes and Interests

They're empty now. Others have noticed this too."
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MS IE out-of-band security bulliten; New Firefox

Culture20 Culture20 writes  |  about 6 years ago

Culture20 (968837) writes "MS just published a security bulletin for the latest IE exploit(s):
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS08-078.mspx
There's also a webcast at 1PM PST.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032399448&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

In other browser news, Mozilla just released Firefox 3.0.5 and 2.0.0.19 today. 2.0.0.19 is the last 2.x, and there will be no security updates. Upgrade to 3.0.5 and use an addon if you've been holding back for url-bar related reasons. Still no official MSI from Mozilla, so Windows admins, prepare your installations with care."

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