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TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

DeathElk Re:I think this means (255 comments)

Design a system to be idiot proof, and they will simply design a better idiot.

about two weeks ago

TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

DeathElk Re:So.. what? (255 comments)

Oh, Solar and Wind look ugly.

I'm glad coal and nuclear are so beautiful then.

about two weeks ago

Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

DeathElk Re: So? (184 comments)

The use of machinery and intensive nutrients/pesticides has driven food prices to such low levels that good, wholesome corn fed, SUV drivin', soda guzzlin', beef chompin' Americans (and Canadians, and Europeans, and Australians) have been the fattest they've ever been.

I find it really funny when some fatty boomsticks whinges about the high price of wholesome, un-processed food, fruit and vegetables, as if they're gonna eat that stuff anyway. Too easy to visit TrippelFatSlurp on the corner and get a Double Guzzle Combo for $10 than to do a weekly food shop for $50.

about two weeks ago

Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

DeathElk The importance of correct spelling (406 comments)

To the dumbos who are down-modding comments on the atrocious use of the word "hear" instead of "here" in the summary, I offer you this piece from Mark Twain:


For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s", and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet.

The only kase in which "c" would be retained would be the "ch" formation, which will be dealt with later.

Year 2 might reform "w" spelling, so that "which" and "one" would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish "y" replasing it with "i" and iear 4 might fiks the "g/j" anomali wonse and for all.

Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants.

Bai iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez "c", "y" and "x" -- bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez -- tu riplais "ch", "sh", and "th" rispektivli.

Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.

about two weeks ago

Automotive Grade Linux Released For Open Source Cars

DeathElk Re:No voice control? (88 comments)

I was wondering when that old chestnut would pop-up. Not everyone has the mindset to be a programmer, let alone the time. You're inviting a lot of half assed code to be rejected from the base line if you expect people to just "learn c or c++" then start contributing to a project that probably at least requires knowledge at CS level. This would create an extra burden on any project.

Believe it or not, some people (actually, most people) just want to buy their device.

about a month and a half ago

Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

DeathElk Re:One non-disturbing theory (304 comments)

GREAT! That means we can fill the world with 99 times more useless plastic shit! And fuck entire ecosystems while we're at it! Jolly good.

about 2 months ago

EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

DeathElk Re:Please make it a mental one (625 comments)

Hell, bottled water being cheaper than coke would be a better nutrition option. Shame about the waste plastic though.

about 2 months ago

Study Finds Porn Exposure Associated With Smaller Brain Region

DeathElk Re:Island (211 comments)

Which island? Australia?

about 3 months ago

Linux Sucks (Video)

DeathElk WHY (293 comments)

I've watched two of these stupid talking head videos. Why is it that I've wanted to punch both of the subjects in the face?

about 3 months ago

Stanford Getting Rid of $18 Billion Endowment of Coal Stock

DeathElk Re:Yet another sell out (208 comments)

Yeah, god put the coal there for us to use, right? Fuckwit. Let's see how your bible saves you next time severe weather hits.

about 3 months ago

Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

DeathElk Re:So awesome. (128 comments)

Cool, as in chicks dig it, or cool as in... kinda frigid?

about 4 months ago

Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

DeathElk Re:...and this is our cue... (190 comments)

He's gonna swarm, on any motherfucker in a blue uniform.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

DeathElk Re:No problem (423 comments)

It's not stupid. It's quite common for specialised equipment to rely on drivers written for a particular OS. We have a 3 year old transmission dynamometer that cost us $180,000 that is controlled by redundant commodity x86 hardware running XP. There is no need to keep the OS up to date as it serves only one purpose.

Stupid lusers these days think all "PCs" are to be connected to the Internet and used for browsing file sharing sites.

about 5 months ago

New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

DeathElk Re:The most plausible theory - written by a pilot (227 comments)

The simplest answer is usually correct. Instead we get the typical murdoch media response i.e. the pilots were not Caucasian, they must be terrorists.

about 5 months ago

New Information May Narrow Down Malaysian Jet's Path

DeathElk Headed South? (227 comments)

If any trace is found in Australian waters, it will either be detained or culled.

about 5 months ago

Google Fighting Distracted Driver Laws

DeathElk Re:Woosh (226 comments)

Arguably, the increasing incidence of pedestrians and cyclists being injured or killed by distracted drivers requires a legislative effort to minimise the harm, as people cannot be trusted to act responsibly. Some people would argue the same for online pornography, given the failure of many parents to educate and monitor their children's Internet usage.

I believe the immediate danger to all road users associated with distracted driving far outweighs the largely moral issue of online pornography.

about 6 months ago



Journalist "arrested" at IT security conference

DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DeathElk writes "Fairfax media IT journalist Ben Grubb was detained by police in Australia after publishing an article on events at a security conference in Queensland. The article describes methods used to bypass Facebook security controls, as presented by security expert Christian Heinrich. Although police deny "arresting" the journalist, he was detained for questioning and his iPad was confiscated. Is it no longer safe in Australia to report on events and the facts arising from these events?"
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Australian Tax Office - Sorry, Windows only!

DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  about 6 years ago

DeathElk writes "The Australian Taxation Office has come under fire from Mac and Linux users due to the ATOs continued failure to offer a non-Microsoft Windows version of their popular e-tax program. The ATO e-tax program is used by millions of Australian tax payers to submit their annual tax returns. The ATO has responded by suggesting Mac and Linux users "come into a Tax Office shopfront and use e-tax on a shopfront computer". Linux users may be able to run e-tax under wine, however this doesn't leave many options for less technically oriented Linux users or Mac users. Aside from paying the Microsoft Tax, either by licensing Windows under VMware or other virtual machine software, the only option for non-windows users is to turn off the computer — and complete their tax return manually or pay a tax consultant."
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Microsoft introduces MAR Program

DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DeathElk writes "Microsoft now offers discounted Windows XP licenses to PC refurbishers through their Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher program. From the ARNnet article: 'Observers say MAR also attempts to ameliorate another risk: that refurbishers, frustrated by the high cost and difficulty of following Microsoft's arcane Windows licenses to the letter, will simply install a free Linux operating system on renewed PCs instead.'"
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DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DeathElk writes "New South Wales teachers are attempting to have a website based in the United States closed down due to "defamatory" content. The site in question encourages students to rate teachers at their school, which obviously results in some colorful content. Now the story has hit the media, with some insightful quotes such as "The president of the NSW Secondary Principals Council, Jim McAlpine, said the Federal Government should block access to 'scurrilous American websites'." What's next — the great fwall of AU?"

DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DeathElk writes "A blog article from September 2006 referring to possibly Australia's largest Linux desktop rollout to date was followed up recently with comments by the same author on the continuing hard sell for SME integrators of desktop Linux.

As the IT manager of a company of 100 employees, I strive to adopt the most suitable solutions for our staff. Many of our workstations such as POS stations and inventory management have no concrete requirement for Windows compatible software, so I plan to migrate these in the near future. Indeed, around 30% of personal computers I have managed during my career have few "desktop specific" requirements at all — they are there as a tool to serve a specific purpose, and certainly don't need IE, Solitaire, Hearts etc... let alone the maintenance and security involved

So why the continuing hard sell for Linux integrators that target smaller companies? Perhaps it is time for integrators to break the standard "desktop mentality" and adopt a more utilitarian approach, with the cost benefits this offers."

DeathElk DeathElk writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DeathElk writes "Who says you need to be a tech guru to run Linux for everyday use? Not according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney's main broadsheet and online format newspaper, who recently featured an article espousing the virtues of desktop linux. See Linux wins over new fans.

From the article: "Linux is shedding its hard-core techie image in a bid to woo ordinary human beings seeking an easy-to-use operating system that can be downloaded for free."

Is this a positive step forward for widespread GNU/Linux desktop adoption? Unfortunately the article doesn't mention the large range of live CD/DVD distributions available for try before you fly, or the range of Windows applications tested and working under Wine."


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