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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Gliscameria 4/1? (210 comments)

4/1 sounds absolutely acceptable as a baseline for broadband, especially if they plan on mandating broadband as a public utility. That's enough to pay your bills, do social media and some basic video streaming. Are you streaming HD content on every device in your house, NO, but you expect that from what we'd consider a basic service. It should be enough so that you can do necessary things with reasonable efficiency, not having another entertainment box.

39 minutes ago
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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Gliscameria Re:And is this a bad thing? (315 comments)

This is less about terrorism and more about corporate intelligence. They can't exactly come out and say "We rely on surveillance to game economies worldwide."

46 minutes ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Gliscameria Re:Noise is a safety feature. (793 comments)

I like this. I want my car to sound like tires screeching non-stop.

3 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Gliscameria Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

The way we do taxes is just crazy anyway. Why isn't there an online system for this? Why do I have to fill out w2 information when the government already has a copy? Why don't I go to IRS.gov, login and see all of the tax documents that my bank, 401K, work, etc have sent in? I just go through and verify everything is correct, answer some questions - like HRblock does - and be on my way? Sure, things get incredibly complicated businesses, but let's at least streamline the other 100million or so accounts.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Gliscameria Re:Only for the first year (567 comments)

The people complaining about win8 don't use keyboard shortcuts effectively.

4 days ago
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Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

Gliscameria Re:Sounds right ... (106 comments)

If you read his reply I think it will illuminate a bit on why we disagree on some of the finer points. He's more on the "don't offend people" side of the spectrum and I'm more on the "don't get offended" side. After working in groups there is some value in making it very clear that all ideas will be greeted warmly, so you'd best have thought it through before taking up everyone's time. Otherwise we're spend more time on somehow rationalizing 6 month Bob's nonsense than we are on implementing 10 year Sam's plan. Don't get me wrong - Ogres are generally just as bad. They stifle good ideas and eventually the group dies. Right now I'm just seeing a tendency towards coddling everyone.

5 days ago
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Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

Gliscameria Re:Sounds right ... (106 comments)

Being a dick is just as bad a promoting shit ideas. Ideally you aren't partaking in either, but all ideas aren't equal. A lot of the times you need someone qualified in the group to carry the stick and shut down bad ideas.

5 days ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

Gliscameria A net? (208 comments)

So... like a big net? Or... if they are all propeller based, why not some sticky nasty gunk that you can spray all over them? Block the optics, add mass and hopefully cook the motors. Or better yet...a big sticky net.

5 days ago
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Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

Gliscameria Re:Sounds right ... (106 comments)

I don't know man... I'm having the opposite feeling about "Your idea is crap". Sometimes your idea IS crap, and it should be totally acceptable for someone to tell you that if they can back up why your idea is crap. I'd put a whole lot more effort into making people less butthurtable and less into worrying about everyone's butthurtiness.

5 days ago
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Gender and Tenure Diversity In GitHub Teams Relate To Higher Productivity

Gliscameria Re:Arbitary diversity is not... (106 comments)

If you are a poor, chances are you have a whole lot more in common with a poor person of different gender/skin/location than you do with a rich person that looks just like you. You'll probably think like, act like and relate to them. If you have a rainbow of workers coming from all corners of the earth and they all were raised more or less upper middle class and went to school to train for that specific job, guess what, you have diversity for shit. Everyone in that group is more or less going to be conditioned to think the same way, which doesn't work so well if you are doing actual problem solving. If you want some diversity in programming, then quit making it sound like some club with a secret language and decoder ring. You can do programming without liking programmers.

5 days ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

Gliscameria Myopic (559 comments)

In light of the recent hacks, don't these guys realize that backdoors aren't just for who they were made for? Who gets to actually encrypt their communications then - the military, banks, infrastructure? What about just general big business.. how about politicians? Basically the rest of us peasants should just walk around naked on the internet?

about a week ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Gliscameria Re:But the Open Source drivers are good (159 comments)

That's not the conversation. The market caters towards the high end cards, and if you have software that doesn't support them then that's a problem.

about a week ago
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AMD Catalyst Is the Broken Wheel For Linux Gaming

Gliscameria Re:ATI/AMD has had shitty drivers for 20 years (159 comments)

Informative or Insightful just aren't sufficient. There needs to be a "Spot On" modpoint for comments like this.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Gliscameria Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

There's binders full of unemployed female programmers. BINDERS OF THEM

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Gliscameria Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

Because they were essentially a hobbyist store. That worked for them in the 80s. Then they tried to be an all around electronics store, which turned off some hobbyists - and some of them, at least where grew up, started their own small hobby stores. Then they tried to be a cell phone place, which felt a lot like fail. They did have some random cool stuff that you couldn't find elsewhere, but those days are gone, both in that they don't have neat gadgets and that you'd find a better price online. Now with the internet, you don't need to deal with a hobby store. Maybe you find a good specialty one run by a sage that knows everything about something, but if you just needs parts and directions you can find what you need on the internet. If they would have stuck with being really good to hobbyists and used the internet properly maybe they'd be alright. I spent entirely too much money on weird hobby stuff on Amazon. If Radioshack had built up their online presence and maybe put together some kind of forum for making stuff that money would have gone to them.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Gliscameria Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

Exactly. i don't think you need to follow their share price to figure out that a store that sells random crap and never seems to have anyone working there might not be doing so well. The only time I would go to RadioShack was to buy a few bucks worth of electrical components, overpriced garbage electrical components - which I just get from Amazon now. They should take whatever money they have and keep a few stores preserved in time. Lock the doors and only let people in on Halloween.

about two weeks ago
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Washington DC's Public Library Will Teach People How To Avoid the NSA

Gliscameria Late to the game (81 comments)

The idea of teaching proper internet practices is a great idea. Teach people how to recognize phishing e-mails/sites and the like. Teach people how to use account names and password properly. Teach people the scams. but... teaching TOR at this point seems silly. It's been compromised. It's a bad lesson.

about two weeks ago

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