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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

Gizzmonic Re:American Civil War (371 comments)

What are the significant differences, if any?

What a stupid question! Obviously, there aren't any differences at all!

about 6 months ago
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Hundreds of Cities Wired With Fiber, But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unusable

Gizzmonic Re:Level playing field (347 comments)

they will act like any other local utility and tell you to wait 5 years until they gather enough data that there is a demand for it, then take another few years to study the problem, then spend another 5 years begging for money in the budget and finally upgrading the network

Actually, go check out Wilson, North Carolina. They embarrassed Time Warner so badly, Time Warner strongarmed the state into making municipal broadband illegal. It creates a lot of cognitive dissonance with the "government can't do anything right" crowd.

Which is hilarious considering the current system is just government-granted monopoly anyway, yet they defend it voraciously because, uh...privatization!

about 7 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

Gizzmonic Re:Contracting? (477 comments)

Netflix is better because they'll stream you 4K video if your TV (and connection) will support it. That's roughly 4x the resolution of 1080p, which I think is as high as standard Blu-Ray will go.

OK, so Netflix has "4k" streams just like VHS-sourced garbage on Youtube is "720p". The source of the video, and the encoding itself, is much more important than the final resolution.

That 12 megapixel smartphone with the tiny lens isn't going to be taking front-page photos for the Boston Globe for the same reason.

Blu-ray is still the best quality consumer format out there, period. Netflix is focused on the smallest files, and the "HD" streams turn into a chunky mess during high-motion scenes.

I hate defending Blu-ray for numerous reasons (DRM, 'standard' that actually wasn't for the first few years, slow menus, etc) but the video and audio quality really is the best we have.

about 7 months ago
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TSA Missed Boston Bomber Because His Name Was Misspelled In a Database

Gizzmonic Re:It was not misspelled (275 comments)

...and now video stores are all out of business! I hope you're proud of yourself, Mopps!

about 9 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Gizzmonic Re:Kill capitol punishment! Kill it dead! (1038 comments)

But... Our system right now is so paranoid against executing the falsely convicted, that stays of execution are granted when there is the faintest whiff of innocence. Prisoners are kept for decades, just to avoid wrongful execution.

Hahaha. In the United States? No. Ever heard of the Innocence Project?

In Texas? Hell no! We still have a guy on death row even though the judge who sentenced him was sleeping with the prosecutor (Charles Hood).

Until there are consequences/punishments for prosecutorial overreach, we can't even think about executing convicts.

about a year ago
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The Brains of Men and Women Are 'Wired Differently'

Gizzmonic Re:Equality (509 comments)

Only strip mining and Microsoft Office creates wealth. Down with these debauched entertainers! Throw them into Re-Education Camp and let them learn how to graph their salt mine output in Excel!

Ironically enough, your post is the most entertaining thing I've read all day, you worthless leech! Share some more economic theories with us, and you may get your Microsoft Salt Mine hours cut back from 16 to 14, plebe!

1 year,16 days
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Security Company Says NASDAQ Waited Two Weeks To Fix XSS Flaw

Gizzmonic Who cares? (61 comments)

So, it's the NASDAQ website. Who goes the NASDAQ website? You can't trade stocks there. Financial information was not leaked, so BFD. This is fairly common on any website. Sounds to me like a single security research got butthurt because they didn't acknowledge his finding quickly enough.

about a year ago
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Pandora's Promise and the Problem of "Solutionism"

Gizzmonic Re:In b4 deluge of thorium posts. (293 comments)

As far as I can tell, what's coming out the wrong end of a thorium reactor will be a molten salt soup of toxic, possibly very corrosive, and VERY radioactive materials

As opposed to what comes out of the "wrong end" of any coal-fired plant?

In any case, the above does not sound very pleasant. It sounds expensive and dangerous and potentially hazardous, a lot like how we store spent fuel rods now.

Dangerous *and* potentially hazardous? Well, let's give up and start living in caves then.

There's plenty of info on thorium reactors. Google can help you there. But you're not really interested in anything but spreading FUD. Carry on, then.

about a year and a half ago
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Paul Thurrot Predicts November Debut, $500 Tag For Xbox 720

Gizzmonic Big yawn for the 720... (232 comments)

Why would I want to buy a 720? I don't like the idea of always-on DRM, because it adds an unnecessary point of failure to the gaming experience. Microsoft's dashboard is designed to serve ads, not to navigate around games. And I imagine it will only get worse.

At least Sony is spending a ton of money on indie game developers...MS doesn't seem to have a plan except "the same stuff, only even more customer-hostile!" I've never been so unimpressed by nextgen offerings.

about a year and a half ago
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Rep. Mike Rogers Dismisses CISPA Opponents "14 Year Old Tweeter On the Internet"

Gizzmonic Re: corporate bubble (222 comments)

You realize we're talking about the Mike Rogers representing Alabama, right? Also, why would I let my patents vote? They have enough rights as it is!

about a year and a half ago
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How Google Fiber Could Do Some National Good, Or At Least Scare the Carriers

Gizzmonic Re:He's right (163 comments)

They used to solve problems. How do you think we got our country-wide telephone network? Our highway system?

Back then, government wasn't reviled as evil, and we didn't elect people who depowered government to further enrich their rich buddies. Now the expectations are set: government can do no right, so let's deregulate and let the private sector solve the problem (aka enrich themselves at our expense).

I guarantee you that if the Internet had been around in the 50's, we'd have a nationwide fiber network better than any other in the first world. But that kind of coordinated national movement is passe now. The best we can hope for is a little Google Fiber here and there.

about a year and a half ago
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How Google Fiber Could Do Some National Good, Or At Least Scare the Carriers

Gizzmonic Re:Cell phones haven't gotten any better 30 years? (163 comments)

Check out the cell phone prices and broadband infrastructure in those Eurosocialist countries compared to the US. You may teach YOURSELF something.

about a year and a half ago
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Small Company Wants to Make Encryption Key Management Into a Commodity (Video)

Gizzmonic Re:Nothing but a whorefest (63 comments)

Your life is a whorefest? All I can say is, make sure you get tested regularly!

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Bans Sale of Comic Book On All iOS Apps Over Gay Sex Images - Update

Gizzmonic Re:So long, farewell... (299 comments)

Condescending moron,

That doesn't change the dictionary definition of censorship. Not to mention " you can choose not to consume a company's products/services" is a rose-tinted view of the world that is generally untrue throughout history.

Any entity can censor...which is not a bad thing in and of itself. The debate is, as always, whether or not they (Apple) should.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Creative Director 'Doesn't Get' Always-On DRM Concerns

Gizzmonic I'll accept it, if you'll accept... (572 comments)

Hey there Microsoft,

I'll accept your always-on DRM if you can guarantee 5 nines of uptime for your DRM servers for the next 60 years. After all, I have 30-year-old Atari games that work just fine.

Your modern games should be at least twice as reliable, right?

about a year and a half ago
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Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail

Gizzmonic Re:abetting in the murder of children? (1111 comments)

You're right. It was all the union's fault. Not the 4 management teams in 6 years that bled the company in the exact way OP described.

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs' First Boss: 'Very Few Companies Would Hire Steve, Even Today'

Gizzmonic Re:You didn't address my points. You misread me. (420 comments)

The majority of PCs had USB, but what used it? A couple of webcams. That's it. I know I had a motherboard from that era that was recalled due to faulty USB ports. I didn't even bother to get it replaced because...nothing used USB. Intel was pushing it, so it was there...but unused.

Peripheral manufacturers did not release anything of consequence using the USB interface until the iMac. Then all of a sudden, we had bondi blue printers, zip drives, CD burners etc (of course most of them worked on PCs as well).

USB also needed to be on the majority of PCs *and* the iMac to succeed. That way, they could target both platforms with 1 interface. The iMac led the way and the PCs finally got some use out of the USB port.

about a year and a half ago
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MySQL's Creator On Why the Future Belongs To MariaDB

Gizzmonic NoSQL stuff is better for web applications (208 comments)

Everyone wants Mongo and Redis and all that jazz these days anyway...and quite frankly, they ARE better for web applications.

I predict MySQL/MariaDB/whatever will slowly fall out of favor in the next few years.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Gizzmonic Re:Windows 7 (965 comments)

People who feel compelled to explain how desktop X (KDE SC 4, GNOME 3) destroyed their workflow/unhinged their view of the universe by changing the three crucial pixels on which everything stood are mad

Let's get this straight-you don't think OS UI is that important, and you scoff at the idea of a "workflow." Yet you call yourself "KDEUser" and think KDE is the best desktop ever? Schizophrenic much?

PS Yes, Virginia, a poorly-designed UI can inhibit your productivity and make you feel powerless. That's why people are pissed off about GNOME 3. For everyone that's "foaming at the mouth" about it on a blog somewhere, there are 100 more that feel the same way. But rather than whine, they just go back to GNOME 2/Mate/KDE/whatever. I guess that makes them insane?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Gizzmonic Re:Windows 7 (965 comments)

Linux on the PS3 was a "great feature"? You must have never used it. The scene was dead for a year before Sony pulled the plug.

Maybe if you and everyone else who cries about it on Slashdot had used it and submitted code, they wouldn't have taken it away.

And what's this racist bullshit about "the Japanese"?

about 2 years ago

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Windows: Wifebeater Edition

Gizzmonic Gizzmonic writes  |  more than 10 years ago

This was written some time ago by a friend of mine, an expert in UI research. I think everyone who's into computers should read it.

Let me start by saying that Microsoft shook the world of Windows with the exposition of Windows 96 in 1996. Suddently the bar was raised in a world where GUIs did not have many expectations.

Many would have believed that the GUI had reached its ultimate. "My Computer," "My Documents," and "My Briefcase" were overnight sensations, with users of other operating systems migrating en masse to a warm and user friendly "operating system" as they called it at the time.

But Windows 96 was far from perfect. I didn't wonder why Microsoft called it a "work in progress" at Windowscon 96, although this admission made many developers in the crowd irate. Although the icons were accurate and the mouse pointers ornate, there was still something missing. That something was keeping Microsoft from getting 100% of the computer desktops of the world.

Flash forward to 2004. Users have been clamoring for a followup to the now-aged 96. Although officially leaked betas have been around for at least 2 years, "windows: wifebeater edition" has now hit the shelves.

SO WHAT'S NEW?

Well Steve, the first thing you'll notice is that My Documents, My Music, and My Briefcase have all been replaced. (You can still access them by unlockiing the Windows 96 hall of fame, but you have to drag the mouse 14,500 miles). Instead we have the unusual and new "My Cameltoe," "My Coupons," and "My Wifebeater." Although traditionalists may balk at this direction, Microsoft says it actually provides greater productivity and integration.

Now, when you want to beat your wife, you don't select it from the Office toolbar. It's built right into the windows explorer. Simply right click on "My Wifebeater" and select "Put on and beat!." And you can schedule it using Cameltoe manager, which can be found in Windows Control Panel.

All in all, Windows: Wifebeater edition is a welcome followup to Windows 96. Diehard Windows 96 users probably won't be upgrading anytime soon, but that makes sense since I've just defined them as people who won't be upgrading anytime soon.

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Keep Brak.Slashdot.org separate!

Gizzmonic Gizzmonic writes  |  more than 12 years ago Brak.slashdot.org is the test server for Slashdot's upcoming switch. In order to see how well it would stand up to a heavy load, they gave everyone 30 mod points (good on brak only) and the ability to post at +2 to everyone, regardless of karma. Then they posted a bunch of garbage stories like "How can I tell if a question that I want to ask is redunant?" or "Can I use this test to pimp my site?"

Results: humor! Everyone used and abused the hell out of their mod points. Normal slashdot users and trolls alike were funnier than normal. I normally have to turn my threshhold to -1 to really get laughs, but not in this case.

My suggestion to slashteam: if you really want people to subscribe, offer this "playground Slashdot" as a premium service. I know I'd dispense with the five bucks toot-sweet for the fun I've had today. What does everyone else think?

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