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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

H3lldr0p Coming full circle (309 comments)

So how about that? A programming language that'll download and store a program for later use just in case the network connection isn't stable or available. Sounds good to me. Having more than one way to get a program is a great thing to do.

Seems to me that if I can't rely on my network I'd want some sort of storage media that'll let me back up or reinstall the base program. It should also be light and easy to transport with plenty of additional storage space, just in case of anything.

Seriously, the older I get the more I find out that everything old is new again.

about 3 months ago
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NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

H3lldr0p That's a nice technical solution you have there (277 comments)

The problem is a human one, however.

Yes, this makes it harder should someone get to your stored hashes. But it doesn't make it any more secure if people continue to use "123ABC" as a password. Which they will do since that's an easy thing to remember.

about 5 months ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

H3lldr0p Re:Physical Stores (323 comments)

Because it doesn't make the right people enough money for them to set that up.

Notice, this isn't about making money. Businesses can make money doing what you have asked for.

This is about making enough money. Greed.

about 5 months ago
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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

H3lldr0p Re:Net Neutrality laws? (289 comments)

Except there has never been anything close to a 1:1 relationship. There couldn't have been because even since the IDSN days the up/down ratio of what we could get was always in favor of the down. So there's never been enough traffic coming from the ISPs to even approach parity.

In fact, it's been the stupid ISPs have been using this as a club against the other players. It's of their own making, and now they're choking on it. In fact, Nexflix is even willing to give ISPs servers to take the congestion away from that part of the network, something that's been consistently rejected. The ISPs are the problem. In specific their greedy, overly Wall Street focused, stupid management is the problem.

So, no. They don't get any sympathy from me in this. They aren't being held accountable by their customers, they aren't being held accountable by what little law is in place, and they certainly aren't being held accountable by the market. If they were, they'd be out of business by now.

about 6 months ago
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Sony's Favorite Gadget Is Kinect

H3lldr0p Not going to happen (222 comments)

Microsoft is going to hold on to that thing for as long as they can. It's not going away for several different reasons.

The first and largest is that the Kinect is a product differentiater. It makes the XBone different from the PS4. There really isn't that much a difference between the two boxes otherwise. Fine, you can go on with the technical differences between the types of RAM and the custom silicon for the XBone's APU but those are not large concerns for Mom and Dad buying little Sally's birthday present.

Until MS comes up with something besides the software that makes their product different, the Kinect is going to hang on. But the second that happens, it'll be tossed. They know they've screwed the pooch here. They know exactly what it cost them in terms of customer relations and in terms of developers.

about 6 months ago
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Chinese Search Giant Baidu Launches International Sites

H3lldr0p Re:"Search giant" (38 comments)

Well that's easy. They'll work to help the government turn into one of those. They have experience in maintaining one, how much harder to could it be to offer up the same "services" to those in power and sit back to watch the results?

about 7 months ago
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Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

H3lldr0p Re:Who chose to pursue this case? (644 comments)

Does your wife know you're trolling slashdot with this account these days? :)

about 7 months ago
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Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router

H3lldr0p Re:Cost? (310 comments)

And it is almost to guaranteed to drop over time.

Don't forget you're getting: The A/C radio standard , a huge amount of space to store/program in, and support. Yes, support. So if you brick the thing with your endless tweaking of it, they'll try to get it back to working condition.

That stuff is going to cost early adopters. Like it always does. So chill out, have a cool beverage of your choice, and wait awhile. Let the other people absorb the early costs. Wait some for others to figure out the traps.

But for heaven's sake, shove the whining about the price right up your ass.

about 8 months ago
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CBS 60 Minutes: NSA Speaks Out On Snowden, Spying

H3lldr0p Re:Rah! Rah! NSA! (504 comments)

And they can do this without resorting to channels that are known first and primarily as propaganda machines.

Because, and let us be honest here, part of the reason why we are in this position is that the media in the US are not there to provide the informational bulwark so that we may function as close to an ideal republic as we can. They currently exist to sell us things and to make us feel better out said purchases. This extends to the government at all levels. Who better to give an interview to than the very apparatus that is there to appease and not investigate?

about 8 months ago
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The Quest To Build Xbox One and PS4 Emulators

H3lldr0p Re:360 and PS3 emulators. (227 comments)

Since the original Xbox was running mostly off the shelf hardware, I'm not sure it needs an emulator (aside from whatever security/copy protection hardware).

But the 360/PS3 is going to be tough. Tougher than average, I'd say since those were both custom CPUs. Yes, there is some papers out there covering how they did their execution but that doesn't cover some of the weird stuff. Stuff like with the PS2 and original PS that took years to sort out.

Those of you who don't remember the Bleem! saga and the fact that Sony not only lawsuited them to death, but also make emulation even harder by changing the way their compilers did certain undocumented graphic blits and other memory tricks. This was why Bleem! had a specific target list of compatible games.

Still not sure that all of that was documented.

Bad memories.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Certifications For High School Credits In Australia

H3lldr0p Microsoft is still doing certifications? (126 comments)

I thought we'd put that behind us finally. That everyone, including the HR drones and PHBs, understood that those things were meaningless.

Or am I getting another chance to play my favorite interviewing game again?

about 9 months ago
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Texas School District Drops Embattled RFID Student IDs; Opts For Cameras

H3lldr0p Well, duh! (244 comments)

You mean, what the entire tech community said was going to happen, happened? Kids found ways around their stupid requirements and made them look like fools while some contractor got away with tons of public money?

It's like we need to establish the "If an average 5 year old can find holes in it" rule from the evil overlord list for public institutions.

about a year ago
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Why Your New Car's Technology Is Four Years Old

H3lldr0p Re:A $15 dollar SD car gives me more. (455 comments)

The problem here is that you will loose a lot of the things which make the engines smaller (better managing of head-gasket displacement, so smaller bore and stroke to get the same amount of power), more efficient (direct fuel injection and stroke cycles), less polluting (no need for a leaded fuel to get burn and temperatures necessary for combustion not to mention the catalytic converters), quieter (see the previous reasons), and generally more pleasant to be around as I am not choking on the smog created by the engine when it is started up.

I, for one, like to have all of those things in my car and any future cars I wish to purchase. Of course those things will require special tools. Working on engines have always required special tools.

There is a certain amount of missing the forest for the trees in your statement, I feel.

about a year ago
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Internet Sales Tax Vote This Week In US Senate

H3lldr0p Re:That's great and all (434 comments)

Not really... many states have forms of 'use tax'es which kick in when you purchase something out of state and then bringing it into state... and depending on how much tax you paid out of state.

Which is what I was saying. It's a well defined legal area that's been administrated by the states for a very long time now. For the Feds to step in with a new law, they'd have to show (to whatever court this gets taken to) some sort of legal authority over it where none existed before both as in the US Constitution as through well settled and aged legal precedence.

It's not as easy as saying "Interstate Commerce lets us" as it's never before been defined as such. Doesn't mean that it won't get upheld on that ground, but it will have to be shown that such legal ground exists within the framework of the current laws.

about a year and a half ago
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Internet Sales Tax Vote This Week In US Senate

H3lldr0p That's great and all (434 comments)

but I hardly think that an amendment to a provisioning bill passes sufficient legal muster for it be enforced. First of all, I am already required to pay local and state sales taxes for entities operating out of my state. So no change there.

But for extra-state sales, this will have to survive a 10th Amendment challenge and well settled legal precedence dating back to the 18th century. Not saying that it can't but a short blurb in a different, unrelated law doesn't seem sufficient on its face.

For an "internet sales" (whatever that means) tax to work, it would have to be established as something the feds collected and redistributed. The legal authority is already there in the 16th amendment, and it could easily function as interstate funding for roads and schools do currently.

Likewise, if two states wanted to enter into a compact to collect and remit as some currently do with income taxes, then that could also work.

I guess this is just some more busywork for the congress-critters to say that they've been doing something rather than nothing.

about a year and a half ago
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New Process For Nanoscale Filtration Holds Promise of Cheap, Clean Water

H3lldr0p Wait a moment (116 comments)

I thought part of the problem with current desalination techniques was that it removed all of the salts making us have to go back and re-add a bunch of phosphates and whatnot that are found in fresh water sources and are somewhat expected/required by our and plant's biological functions. That is, we were making the water too pure to be used without additional processing. This sounds like that taken the next level, so how much more efficient can it really be if the process requires even more post-processing to make it usable?

about a year and a half ago
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Tech Firms Keep Piles of 'Foreign Cash' In US

H3lldr0p Re:Unintended Consequences (427 comments)

It's only a waste of money (remember folks, cash is not capital!) if there's nothing else to invest in that would generate a better return than the base interest rate.

Given that the tax on such investments are zero then any interest rate is going to be pure profit. For a business that's a pretty good deal, especially since this is a guaranteed profit at that. The money is not at risk and the bonds can be sold for face value if they need the liquidity at any given moment. For a business this is a great situation.

For an economy, it's not. The money, as you said, isn't being maximally invested. A tax on these sorts of savings might be something to get businesses to take a greater risk. But that's the real issue here. The risk. And I don't know how to get around that one.

about a year and a half ago
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Comptroller Accuses HP of Overcharging NYC $163m On 911 System

H3lldr0p That's not the entire point (92 comments)

In a purely practical and objective standpoint, you are correct. It would make more sense to have employees of the city to do it.

But this is not a practical or objective world. There are politics to be played; Backs to be scratched and palms to be greased. For those in that sort of position of authority, there is a game to be played. Who can they trade this favor of a contract (with the possibility of over-payment) for some future consideration or contribution?

This is not the world of high-school civics that we were taught. These people are not there out of a sense of service to their fellow citizen or because they have good ideas that might make the world a better place.

This is the world where people have ambitions, who want to get ahead and further up the ladder of power. This is the world where people can and do get addicted to the feeling of power that their authority gives them and want only to increase it.

This is also the world where other people, further up the chain of authority tell the lower levels to who and how a contract should be presented. And because it is their boss or their boss's boss or their boss's boss's boss doing this, they fear for their jobs and livelihood and do what they're told instead of going out and shouting to the world of the corruption they've seen.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Purchases 650 AOL Patents From Microsoft

H3lldr0p Re:Tech Version Of The Cold War (93 comments)

This isn't the first time this has happened.

It also happened way back when with the start of the airline industry. Back in 1903, the Wright Brothers started one over the way one controlled a plane. Long story short, WWI started and seeing as how planes were a cool new war toy, the US government stepped in and made them make peace or else no one would get the patent money.

I have to wonder what's it going to take to get that to happen this time around.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring

H3lldr0p Re:5-4 decision (354 comments)

No it wasn't. It was 9-0 decision. There were two opinions handed down which was the split --- Alito wrote the second and was joined by Ginsberg, Beyer, and Kagan. Alito wanted to go further and say that the length of time required a second, separate warrant to cover it.

See Wired's coverage for more details.

more than 2 years ago

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