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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Gordo_1 Re:San Fran = the new Detroit (371 comments)

> This exact sort of behavior made Detroit the smoking crater it is today.

Not really.

There may be some parallels, but Detroit was mostly a different situation. The Detroit lower classes did not actively try to push away those with money the way the SF leaches are trying to do. In Detroit, there were decades of major race relation problems that culminated in black riots in the downtown core. This scared the white middle-class who pretty much all picked up and moved to the suburbs willingly.

In SF, the complainers are a small group of mostly young, white folks who are bored, unemployed and looking for handouts to sustain their leach-like lifestyle.

about two weeks ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Gordo_1 Couple more of these and I'll forgive you for beta (124 comments)

Oh and I'm never traveling outside of a tour group in Central or South America. Just the thought of having to come up with the right incantation and bribe for a dollar-a-day cop on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere gives me anxiety.

about two weeks ago
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NBC News Confuses the World About Cyber-Security

Gordo_1 Dice, are you listening? (144 comments)

What I really want in the new design, is easier access to SlashDataCenter and SlashCareers.... oooooh and SlashBI. I really can't get enough 'Business Intelligence' news formatted as a two paragraph article with a large stock image and zero comments!

about 2 months ago
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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

Gordo_1 How long before I have to buy Internet "channels"? (298 comments)

"The Premium package gives you access to all your streaming favorites like YouTube, Hulu Plus, Netflix along with dozens of foreign movie sites you've never heard of.
The Friends & Family package gives you access to the people you want to keep in touch with, when you want to keep in touch with them, over your favorite NSA-sponsored proprietary social networking site: FacePalmSpace.
Our Adults-Only package allows you to stream all your favorite German Scheiße porn tube sites!"

Don't think so? Bookmark me, wait a couple years, then come back and mod me "Insightful".

about 2 months ago
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Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass

Gordo_1 Sound insulation of motorways? (114 comments)

> "This could have great applications in sound insulation of motorways"

Last I checked, the screams of children within neighborhoods protected by motorway sound barriers were not a major nuisance or safety hazard for motorists.

Or are we just brainstorming ideas without any thought behind them?

A one way sound barrier makes sense if you have an application where you actually need sound to go through in one direction. If you don't, then a wall is a better and almost certainly cheaper solution.

about 3 months ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

Gordo_1 Re: Texas Barely Registers (544 comments)

Are you familiar with the flying spaghetti monster? That is also a theory of creation. Using your logic, it must also be taught.

about 3 months ago
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Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

Gordo_1 Re: Texas Barely Registers (544 comments)

So to be an upstanding Atheist in your world, one must equally trash all religions all the time, regardless of the issue or region?

The issue here is that Christian fundamentalists have commandeered science curricula in publicly-funded schools to teach creationism. If we were talking about cartoonists in Norway caricaturing Mohammed and still bashing Christians, then you'd have an actual point.

Creationism is a concept, I might add, that both Judaism and Islam are proponents of, however, neither Jewish nor Muslim groups or schools are pushing creationist content to children in publicly-funded schools anywhere in this country (USA). It's Christian fundamentalists that are overstepping their bounds. Hence the desire to single them out.

Furthermore, Christians are the majority in this country and have enjoyed an historically unequal sway on government and policy, so you damn well better accept the fact that Christians will take more heat when overstepping their bounds as it affects more people.

about 3 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Gordo_1 Re:We could not make them (514 comments)

Mod this up. This is a good analogy. How many people die annually in this country of obesity-related causes? Automobile accidents? Murders (with or without guns)?

Now compare that with all terrorist deaths in the past 20 years.

You can't justify what's being done (wars, unconstitutional laws and practices) in the name of protecting us from this albeit scary sounding, but relatively inconsequential threat. Dismantle the war machine.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

Gordo_1 I laugh... (470 comments)

Because I and a million others could have (and often did) tell you this would be the case back when I first tried a late Win8 preview build. MS could have had multiple times the current market share had they simply not *forced* Metro on people who didn't want it. You know, like do a quick check upon install to see if the PC is a touchscreen tablet and then default to the desktop with a classic Start Menu if you weren't on an appropriate device.

Instead, they chose to piss off tons of people by forcing their phone interface on people who use office applications. And now two years later, they get the market share they more or less deserve.

about 3 months ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

Gordo_1 Was hopeful in Jong-Un... (276 comments)

Look, his uncle was probably as much a despicable character as any in the NK ruling party, likely performing or being complicit in any number of crimes against humanity, so no real loss to the human race here in all likelihood. What I find disturbing though is that Jong-Un has displayed callous disregard for human life in recent months in order to maintain complete control over the population.

I had high hopes for him when I learned that he'd been schooled in Switzerland, spoke English and had made positive comments in the past about the plight of the NK people. I figured he was young, idealistic, and maybe not all that different from myself -- had I been placed into a very difficult situation due to my family lineage. If placed in such a situation, I imagine that for a year or two I might have acted the part (whatever that means) in order to maintain control long enough to come up with a plan to bring some level of reforms to the country and ensure a longer-term transition to democracy.

Then again, you never really hear about a dictator who had a change of heart and became 'sane' after being able to operate with complete impunity for a while. I guess it's true when they say absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It seems that his age and boyish looks belie the fact that Jong-Il chose and groomed his successor very carefully.

about 4 months ago
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Firefox 26 Arrives With Click-To-Play For Java Plugins

Gordo_1 Re:Plug-ins (208 comments)

It's true. The overall rate at which Firefox adds features is not really much different than in the past. The difference is that they trickle the features out every 6 weeks instead of a big dump once a year. That's just fine with me, as plugins rarely break anymore and overall stability and speed is much better than Firefox 4.0 and older. Yes, I said that and believe it to be true.

about 4 months ago
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A Mercenary Approach To Botnets

Gordo_1 Is there a major difference... (34 comments)

between so called 'legitimate software' and botnets these days anyway?

Each is used to collect data that can be analyzed for profit in various ways. Legitimate software, you might argue, provides actual value to the end-user, is not surreptitiously installed and doesn't exploit software vulnerabilities. However, if that's all it takes to be legit, then witness the gobs of commercial software (not to mention greyware) out there that fit the definition of 'legit', but in actuality provide only the thinnest veneer of value behind a EULA so broad that it allows the software vendor to pretty much do as they please across your hard drive and Internet connection.

about 5 months ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

Gordo_1 Re:Start by having stockholders set CEO pay (1216 comments)

Won't work because most stockholders don't care enough to vote and even if they did, most shares are owned through proxy via mutual funds so most of the voting rights are in the hands of a few major players anyway.

about 5 months ago
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John Carmack Leaves id Software

Gordo_1 Re:Oculus Rift! (154 comments)

He will be spending his time at Oculus 100%, which is good, because there's plenty of new ground to break and few are better qualified to drive the software side of things for a new graphics technology than Mr. Carmack.

I had access to a Rift DK for the better part of a month. For what amounts to a smartphone screen mounted inside ski goggles, I was thoroughly impressed and have no doubt that this device offers an early look at the future of hardcore gaming -- I suspect a similar device that allows you to insert your own smartphone in front of a set of lenses could be the eventual template for casual gaming as well.

Among the many tech demos available, I was most impressed with Lunar Lander on the Rift, which was worth hours of fun. The illusion that you are actually there, on the moon maneuvering this vehicle was only slightly diminished by the development kit's limitations:

* lack of positional head tracking -- up, down, left and right work fine, but you can't lean or move your head in any direction as it immediately breaks immersiveness (probably a major contributor to the early nausea that I and others have reported)
* awkwardness of the headset, input box & wires
* lack of congruent body avatar in virtually all demo software to date
* low resolution screen (half of a 1280x800 LCD panel for each eye) contributing to what's known as the screen door effect
* various unoptimized latencies (LCD refresh, video card output, head tracking, etc...)
* clunky lens adjustments

Over time, continued software and hardware development will mitigate or eliminate many of these problems. I'm looking forward to the 2014 consumer launch which is rumored to have higher resolution and positional tracking. If so, I will definitely be one of the first to line up for it.

about 5 months ago
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John Carmack Leaves id Software

Gordo_1 If anything, this is expected news. (154 comments)

Most employees are more or less replaceable, but John Carmack for all intents and purposes *was* iD, at least in the early years when 3D graphics engines were in their infancy. When he announced he was going to be CTO at Oculus, it was obvious that he was really excited about the prospects over there, and was going to be winding things up at iD sooner or later. But he chose not to leave his old company in the lurch, and he transitioned at a pace that didn't screw them over in favor of the new. This is John Carmack exiting graciously.

about 5 months ago
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US Wary of Allowing Russian Electronic Monitoring Stations Inside US

Gordo_1 I don't understand why they need permission (232 comments)

Why not just buy some land in rural areas, construct a barn looking thing as a decoy (out of a material that's transparent to the instruments within), ship redundant parts across several ports and assemble under the cover of darkness. Difficult and expensive to do without being detected? Maybe, but surely within the realm of possibility for the Russian government...

about 5 months ago
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LeVar Burton On Google Glass

Gordo_1 ooooh, ooooh, I get it! (211 comments)

LeVar Burton played Geordie LaForge on Star Treak -- a character who could not see except by virtue of a digital visor he wore. Now the actor in real life tries something that's also sorta similar -- if you wave your hands, squint your eyes and gesture knowingly. What are the odds! The parallels must have been mindblowing! Life imitating art! The jokes must now write themselves! Queue the Benny Hill music...

about 5 months ago
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Silicon Valley Could Be Heading For a New Stock Collapse.

Gordo_1 Re:Market Consolisation (200 comments)

Um, I think you've reached your metaphor quota for today. Thanks for coming out. Anything of substance to share?

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix

Gordo_1 MS knew the Win8.1 DPI scaling was messed, yet (326 comments)

still released it that way in spite of the problems. Arrogance is the only logical explanation.

This has been a well documented problem from earlier preview builds and was specifically not fixed in the RTM code because... well because MS seems to think it can make unilaterally bad UI decisions again and again and get away with it.

Try setting your Win8.1 display to 150% on a 1920x1200 monitor. This is exactly where I've used WinXP, WinVista, Win7 and Win8, yet in Win8.1, a random assortment of applications (including many MS utilities and 3rd-party programs) deliver barely readable fuzzy characters. At least in Win8.0, you could set a master switch to tell the OS to disable DPI scaling, but in their infinite wisdom, some group within MS decided that to hell with useability, they're going to simply remove the master switch and force ALL users to disable DPI scaling on an app by app basis, making it bloody well a gargantuan effort to avoid either fuzzy or tiny text.

It's absolutely appalling... About as appalling as MS deciding that Win8.0 users shouldn't be able to boot into desktop mode on a non-touchscreen device and then completely removing the start menu as if giving the middle finger to the existing install base was some kind of magical shortcut back to a dominant market position.

If you're arrogant, but generally make good or at least non-destructive UI decisions, most people will forgive you. When you're arrogant and make butthead UI decisions, well, then you're MS.

  They've managed to marry Apple's arrogance with butthead UI decisions.

about 5 months ago

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Gordo_1 Gordo_1 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gordo_1 (256312) writes "Looks like muslix64 of BackupHDDVD fame is at it again. This time he appears to have successfully cracked a Blu-Ray disc with AACS encryption: Lord Of War, from Lion's Gate Films. According to Wesley at wesleytech.com, muslix64 obtained a memory dump from a Blu-ray Disc software player and used a crypto attack to identify the keys. He subsequently released an alpha version of BackupBluray."

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