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The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

Electricity Likes Me Re:In other news... (245 comments)

That does seem to be your problem, yes.

4 hours ago
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The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

Electricity Likes Me Re:In other news... (245 comments)

Alternatively, you're part of a relatively limited slice of a generation for whom "not sharing" is an odd, sociological outlier compared to those which came before and after. The 40s were war years, and everyone had the shared experience of having to contribute in some way - across most of Europe the stories are of shared communities and experiences. It's only in the time since then has the notion that everybody can be absolutely private in their affairs gained the traction it did, especially in the US.

This was then crushed again starting around the 80s when censorship rules began to be overturned, and you see the beginnings of it in a generation of filmmakers who wanted to see what they could put on screen, and the slow rise of the internet and the generation which would eventually come to be part of the Google/Facebook generation.

If you think everyone else is broken, it's more likely just you are.

4 hours ago
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Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

Electricity Likes Me Re:Lame Lame Lame! (98 comments)

I'm not sure I entirely agree, but I do agree that explaining "why" in decent terms has always been my biggest problem with understanding mathematics. I can just about get through calculus if I rote-memorize for long enough to start seeing the pattern, but the entire process utterly failed me when it came to complex analysis (5 textbooks and one failed semester later and I'd say I'm still at zero - the only subject where after a few hours I could still have absolutely gotten nowhere).

5 hours ago
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Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

Electricity Likes Me Re:The web can be a great tool... (98 comments)

I'd argue the rise of the tablet is also a problem here though: computing of 20 years ago meant you weren't too many steps away from seeing how the system runs, how it operates, how you can create new programs on it. This isn't even possible on Apple-branded tablet products, and trends too "way too complex" on Android systems (although things like AIDE do mean you can theoretically develop new apps - but I doubt I'd have gotten anywhere with Java and all the boilerplate compared to a command line terminal when I was starting out).

5 hours ago
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Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

Electricity Likes Me Re:This pays credence to my rant about tech (98 comments)

The basic problem is districts ship technology but not applications and basic training, nor investment in adapting their syllabus's to match and take advantage of their new capabilities (I would guess because that makes it go from "a lot but reasonable to" to "no upper bound because you need to plan to have developers on full time").

5 hours ago
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OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released

Electricity Likes Me Re:OpenSSL and the Internet (96 comments)

This is stupid.

If there's one lesson in the history of computing, it's that every type of possible side-channel leaks information like crazy if not properly controlled. So in what world does it make sense to mix up your application or transport protocol with your security protocol? The examples you give have nothing to do with the underlying transport protocols, or overlaying application protocols that have been in use.

about a week ago
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Hands On With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

Electricity Likes Me Re:It's lightfield, it is holography (sorta) (171 comments)

It won't be quick. Lightfield calculations are expensive even on modern hardware, nevermind cramming all that into a headset. John Carmack's comments on coding for mobiles are relevant here. Even with ASICs - there's only so much you can get away with.

about two weeks ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

Electricity Likes Me Re: yeah... (208 comments)

You're ignoring the lessons learned the hard way when ECM was initially developed: when you fire up a jammer, all the missile has to do is home on the jammers signal instead.

A drone with some basic laser ranging/altimetering and an antenna would have no trouble locating and attacking such a thing.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

Electricity Likes Me Re: Where's this desire for "nice" coming from? (361 comments)

Bullshit. People who are difficult to work with are always a problem. They may be good at something, but they drag everyone else down to the point that they're still a net negative.

Where this relates to Linus has a lot more to do with the BS tallpoppy syndrome that people throw at him while not being part of the kernel dev circles. He's not by any measure that I can tell actually not a nice guy. He's just got a habit of sending curt emails.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Electricity Likes Me Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

They landed on the barge is the thing. And not badly either - you can see it come down, and then fall over due to skew angle. The fact it landed anywhere even near the barge is damn amazing.

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

Electricity Likes Me Re: Fuck Me (553 comments)

You do understand how Oracle does init in Solaris right?

about two weeks ago
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SystemD Gains New Networking Features

Electricity Likes Me Re: Fuck Me (553 comments)

You do realize that systemd supports this seamlessly right? As in, I have customer services I can run on systems by dropping the init script into init.d and it will 'just work'. It'll even work automatically with dependent launches if tiu do your LSB headers right.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Electricity Likes Me Re: hard landing disaster (206 comments)

China is not going to collapse that quickly. The word "collapse" gets thrown around a heck of a lot as though these are things which can happen literally overnight, when really we're talking about multi-year declines which would hurt, but are not nearly the same thing.

Australia is fucked on it's present trajectory though because successive governments have had no interest in trying to diversity, and the population keeps buying the weird "we must be specialized for mining!" BS from both the politicians and mining companies.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around the Moon

Electricity Likes Me Re:Success rate of 0% (152 comments)

The Russians landed one of the only working probes on the surface of Venus.

about three weeks ago
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Microbe Found In Grassy Field Contains Powerful Antibiotic

Electricity Likes Me Re: The hard part is yet to come (84 comments)

Exactly - evolution isn't "random". Mutations are random - but the development of specific traits requires an actual path from A to B that doesn't weaken a generation of organism too much, while still enabling them to survive the selective pressure in sufficient quantity.

That in the paper, by feeding constant low-level non-lethal doses, did not yield resistant mutants, suggests there's no easy way for MRSA to develop a resistance mechanism.

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Electricity Likes Me I love this story! (437 comments)

Paying customers for content provided by these studios, and the studios are actively trying to stop them from being able to pay them a price they have generally agreed is fair to let the members of the public able to pay in that currency.

about a month ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Electricity Likes Me Re:Check your math. (880 comments)

Last time 8000 police raided anything they were able to charge precisely 0 people with any crimes whatsoever.

about a month and a half ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Electricity Likes Me Re:A Bridge Fuel... (401 comments)

What kind of idiot thought we'd reduce climate change (which most scientists agree has something to do with carbon released from fossil fuel production) by switching to another fossil fuel that still emits carbon when burned?

The reasoning is that natural gas releases less carbon than coal, so if we switch from coal to natural gas, then we'll reduce climate change. I do not have the information necessary to determine if that is a correct line of reasoning or not.

Of course it's incorrect. You're not going to reduce emissions by opening some giant new resource which does the exact same thing, and promptly drops prices all over the world for it.

No one investing in that industry is thinking "obviously we're only going to get 10 years of development out of this". They're planning to burn every last bit of it.

about a month and a half ago

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