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Australian Government Rejects Data Retention Law After Report

Gideon Fubar Re:The current government is doomed. (153 comments)

Yeah, uh...

I think your second paragraph is kind of a given. Your first paragraph is actually only ideally true anyway... i'm sure you've seen examples of corporations dictating the status quo, and sometimes that does extend to legal matters.

for example (after a cursory goog, so i'm not all that sure about the credibility...):

about a year ago

Australian Government Rejects Data Retention Law After Report

Gideon Fubar Re:The current government is doomed. (153 comments)

I agree with you regarding public infrastructure. You can't increase functional efficiency (that is, the pipes and wires) on a natural monopoly easily without providing an inferior service (i.e. reduced maintenance).

about a year ago

Australian Government Rejects Data Retention Law After Report

Gideon Fubar Re:The current government is doomed. (153 comments)

To be fair, those people were lawyers and politicians.

But yes, GP... it is about as bad as the AC claims. People here appear to be encouraged to have no frame of reference.

about a year ago

Australian Government Rejects Data Retention Law After Report

Gideon Fubar Re:The current government is doomed. (153 comments)

I've never understood why some people are so concerned about big government but then give monopolies to big businesses.

about a year ago

UK Police Launch Campaign To Shut Down Torrent Sites

Gideon Fubar Re:define "serious" (244 comments)

It's about volume, right? That music is criminally loud.

Also terrible fucking puns.

about a year ago

Microsoft Files Dispute Against Current Owner of

Gideon Fubar Re:Subdomain (381 comments)

Stop being logical.

Next you'll be telling me there's a .US tld.

about a year ago

Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

Gideon Fubar Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (782 comments)

Mmmm it'll probably be the (apparent) fact that you have to enter a code manually into the box after purchasing a game in order to have it 'verified online and linked to your Xbox Live account', coupled with the fact that your friend who wants to borrow the game will have the opition to do so... but only if they pay the full retail value of said game.

Oh, there's also the brand new, feature packed online trading system for second hand games... which will be extremely popular with retailers (who are already totally enthused about the auth code system), as well as gamers who will be able to see that they're still paying significantly more for '2nd hand' digital content than they can get back by rescinding their rights to it.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With a Fear of Technological Change?

Gideon Fubar I see a lot of opinions here about the meat... (429 comments)

...but not much about the shape of the bones, OP.

If you use old school tech for its own sake and it's really a cultural affectation then there's no real reason not to switch.

However, if you use them because you're interested in the raw stuff that makes the modern world work and you're not content to just accept that every new toy is a magical box controlled by Apple or Microsoft or Samsung... you should probably both stick to the old stuff and branch out into finding out how the new technologies do what they do.

about a year ago

Adobe Creative Suite Going Subscription-Only

Gideon Fubar Re:I love it... (658 comments)

Designers will probably do the obvious thing: Continue to freely use fully paid up legacy versions of the software and ignore the cloud.

about a year ago

What's Holding Back 3-D Printing

Gideon Fubar Re:Seems pretty spot on to me (348 comments)

You have some pretty big hurdles ahead of you if you can't differentiate between 3d modelling and programming... Luckily 3d modelling in the 21st century is a bit easier than programming IF you just want to sculpt.

As deathguppie suggested, look at blender (or zbrush). You will need to learn some skills, but probably not as much as you'd think.

Unfortunately... the OP article is completely off the mark: The software is the easiest thing to fix. The printers themselves generally require A LOT of supervision and maintenance.

about a year ago

What's Holding Back 3-D Printing

Gideon Fubar Re:Acquisition of Skills Takes Time - lots of it (348 comments)

1000-2000 hours?


What if i told you that the high school around the corner from my work has a 3d printing group that gets kids started on Google Sketchup and has them making their own 3d models within an hour? Sure Sketchup is much much simpler than Autocad or Solidworks, but the principles are the same and the techniques are additive; once the user knows the techniques, they can be transplanted from application to application, with the widely varied interfaces between different applications being the biggest hurdle. Some of these kids have produced functional multipart models in blender after as few as 10 hours of supervised play.

I agree that this is totally different from functional design, but engineering and 3d modelling are actually fundamentally different skills...

Also, blender (and 3dsmax, and maya and zbrush... but blender is free & open source) has supported native .stl export for a while now.

about a year ago

Canadian Official Escorted From House For Others' Facebook Comments

Gideon Fubar Re:The obvious solution: (205 comments)

Well said sir. Pity too few will understand.

about a year ago

If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

Gideon Fubar Re:AR, cyberpunk style (456 comments)


about a year and a half ago

Botnet Uses Default Passwords To Conduct "Internet Census 2012"

Gideon Fubar Re:BitTorrent (222 comments)

I sense a car analogy coming on.

about a year and a half ago

When It's Time To Scale, US Manufacturing Hits a Wall

Gideon Fubar Re:Simple Fix (268 comments)


Those conservatives are so nobly sacrificing themselves for the greater efficiency. Ayn Rand would not approve of their altruism.

about a year and a half ago

Royal Canadian Air Force Sees More Sims In the Future of Fighter Pilot Training

Gideon Fubar Re:Irony (125 comments)

Oh. My bad. Guess i'd better tell my pilot friend who told me about it that he's mistaken ;)

about a year and a half ago


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Thoughts on the US constitution, by a well-meaning 3rd party

Gideon Fubar Gideon Fubar writes  |  more than 6 years ago I know i'll get a bit of flack for this, but i really think it's time for a rewrite, in keeping with the spirit of the original doc..

It's just that, with language drift, new technologies and a radically changed political landscape, it seems terribly difficult to uphold the constitution as the founders intended.

also, something about services being for the greater good mightn't go astray..
Seriously, as a 3rd party watching the election roll on, i can't help but noticed that two of the biggest problems in America today (education and healthcare) are completely absent from the debates.. I just can't quite figure out why.. I also can't work out why socialism gets such a bad rap, since it seems that most countries with capitalist style trade and socially oriented welfare and healthcare are doing alright (less poor, smaller divide between rich and poor, etc.. note that this is totally anecdotal.).

It also seems that there is a strong sense that, at any given time, at least half the government is absolutely evil.. While i don't necessarily disagree, i do feel that the rabid political jingoism is actually detrimental to the nation as a whole, and the very fact that the two party system is so heavily ingrained in the minds of voters and also in the system makes the whole process somewhat farcical.. Not, of course, that i can see anything better in practice..

Nb, this is a work in progress. Feel free to critique, call me a fag, enemy of freedom, etc, etc..


Alternative taxation models..

Gideon Fubar Gideon Fubar writes  |  more than 6 years ago So i was thinking..

Assumption A: all public works must be a community effort, they don't just magically appear.

Assumption B: Not all people want to directly contribute, and that's why there are national taxes. (yes, i know it was all once about kings and their arbitrary wants.. The metaphor has shifted, k?)

Assumption C: people sometimes take specific issue with how their tax dollars are spent.. (look guys, sometimes it just sounds like what you're saying is 'i deserve that money, AND roads, electricity, gas, distribution networks', etc, etc.. you're like anal retentive children sometimes with the i want i want i want... you're lucky the rest of us even pay attention to you.)

what about a system of income taxation that comes with an intention questionnaire? Totally optional, of course.. but if you could nominate, from a selection of projects, or just in a number of fields (e.g education, infrastructure, healthcare, etc..) or subcategories thereof (eg. schools, roads, rail, hospitals, etc..)

These preferences could be used to derive the budget for that particular project, such that popular projects would end up with more funding from individuals, but less popular projects might need to get their budget elsewhere.

Note that this would be in addition to other taxes (yeah, you have them..) and could be used for some percentage, etc, etc... If the money isn't used up by a certain time, it could be added to the global budget pool, or surplus if that exists. Also, those who don't nominate specific projects will automatically have their tax dollars added to the global pool

Note also that this probably won't go down well with real conservatives because of the amount of manpower that is likely to be involved.

I've seen a nominations system similar to this for .au superannuation, though i don't know if it's something done only by some groups, only here in .au, etc.. the superannuation system is somewhat different, since it's effectively an investment portfolio, but the idea is there..

This thought brought to you by a jcr post on federal funding of schools. The man has a valid point, but the money has to come from somewhere..


Observations about /. the mod system

Gideon Fubar Gideon Fubar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

You know guys, i actually read this site for the news. Sometimes (when i can be bothered/have the time/am procrastinating REALLY HARD) i post.

Not that often tho.

In the last few weeks, i've managed to shift my karma from positive to excellent by following a few little guidelines that i noticed, and that seemed to work well. Here is a brief list of things i have noticed about karmawhoring.

1) Post quick. More people view an article right after it has been posted. More people = more votes.

2) post closer to the root of the thread. Less people seem to be willing to look at/moderate shorter threads.

3) replying to anons won't get you modded up. If people browse at +1, they'll most likely never see your post (unless they have the reparent option turned on, and then you'll just lose context.)

I didn't really go out of my way to get karma.. that is, i only posted on stuff that actually interested me, i DID reply to anons (especially those ones who trolled me, hi guys!) and i often had drawn out conversations (well, several posts) that i knew no one else would ever read.

If having good karma is important to you (i dunno, maybe you like the idea of everyone seeing what you write) then actually following those rules should give you good results.

Disclaimer: results are anecdotal. I don't claim to know anything specific about the mod system, i certainly don't know the inner workings, and i have a reasonably high UID. Oh yeah, comments are on. Troll away, kids. ;)


Gideon Fubar Gideon Fubar writes  |  about 8 years ago Added Stonecypher to my friends list, simply because of the informative pwnage handed out in this post. As a newb software developer/writer/game system designer, this info was supervaluable.

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