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The Magic of Pallets

Hartree Re:slashvertisement (152 comments)

He's just unhappy they aren't eating Quisp instead.

9 hours ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

Hartree So, let me get this straight: (220 comments)

By this thinking, wouldn't threatening to plant a bomb would be a superpower?

2 days ago
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

Hartree Re:What kind of statement is this (83 comments)

"How can you even say that."

It's been my observation over years of dealing with them.

  Most people who use computers aren't the Slashdot crowd. They "kinda, sorta" know enough to be able to check their email, surf the web, or play some games.

Usually when they have a failure from malware, they've been infected (perhaps with other things as well) for some time. If they can even find the original system restore disk, they're way ahead of the game.

They get Cousin Jimmy (or one of their kids), cause he's good with computers, to clean up or reinstall their computer. Usually leaving many of the same holes that got them zapped in the first place.

Or, they get some computer store to deal with it. They just gripe about losing some stuff, but it was a game they liked and can no longer find, or an email from momma before she died, etc. not something life and death. They may start copying some things to a thumb drive, if you're lucky.

So many times I've asked "When was your last backup?" and get a vacant stare even from people with PhDs at the university I work at. Let alone the everyday person on the street who has a computer at home.

3 days ago
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

Hartree Backups solve much of the problem: (83 comments)

As computer files become more valuable to ordinary people (rather than just IT geeks and businesses), backup plans become more important.

Most general users don't do this, but as the data becomes more damaging if it's lost, encrypted or maliciously destroyed, they may need some sort of solution.

Even a pretty sophisticated ransom-ware would have a hard time if you take an occasional backup and check it by restoring/reading the file on another machine.

4 days ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Hartree The real damage? (580 comments)

I have this sneaking suspicion that the real damage that could be done to Sony is if the group that broke in got into the internal financial data rather than what gets reported.

Word has long been that the accounting practices of Hollywood and the music industry make Enron look pretty tame. And Sony is into both.

Imagine how many lawyers/accountants would be going over any financial records that get released. There are lots of actors and musicians that have felt they got shafted with what they were paid versus what they were actually owed.

4 days ago
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Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR

Hartree Billions and billions: (108 comments)

"550,000 million dollar Kepler space telescope"

I think you're about 3 orders of magnitude too high.

about three weeks ago
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Test Flight For NASA's Orion Capsule Slated for December 4

Hartree Re:Finally! (59 comments)

So... The two of you are in agreement that we're completely fucked unless we follow your path.

However, you seem to disagree strongly about what that path is, save that yours is the "right" one.

Here are two cricket bats. Beat on each other until one of you is unconscious or you reach a consensus.

The rest of us will continue blundering our way to the future while you have it out. Hopefully, by then the answer won't matter anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Hartree Re:We've been doing it for a long time (367 comments)

If it fails as badly as the rabbit infestation, you've given the pols another wonderful issue to send out direct mailings about!

Not to mention, a whole slew of disaster movies that will make Night of the Lepus look positively tame.

about 1 month ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

Hartree Re:We've been doing it for a long time (367 comments)

"why would some intentional geoengineering be so bad?"

If it fails, not much.

But if it works, and global warming is controlled, it would undercut the best fundraising, societal engineering and lobbying arguments many organizations have.

Example: It'd remove a massive issue for the Democrats and Republicans to argue about and scare voters with.

Repeat that with both environmental and conservative organizations losing that issue, and you have a worse crisis for them than just the prospect of getting cooked by rising temperatures. ;)

about 1 month ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Hartree With apologies to Firesign Theater: (163 comments)

"What are ya programmin' for, Timmy my boy?"

"Helps with my hallucinations. I get to see the world in its real black and white!"

(We're all coders on this bus.)

about a month ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

Hartree Re:An Illiberal's solution to every problem - taxe (554 comments)

"hillbilly echo-chamber constantly circle-jerking while chanting "fuck you, got mine"."

Oh, really?

What type of echo-chamber do you circle-jerk in, and what mindless mantra do you chant?

about a month ago
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Crowd-Sourced Experiment To Map All Human Skills

Hartree True Genius: (70 comments)

They will very soon have a comprehensive database of the very best automated troll entry coding skillsets that GNAA and other such groups can muster.

Or didn't they get the memo that Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf won man of the year over a decade ago?

about a month ago
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Buying Goods To Make Nuclear Weapons On eBay, Alibaba, and Other Platforms

Hartree The Rare and Dangerous Metal Gallium? (260 comments)

You mean, like is combined with arsenic (a deadly poison) to use for all sorts of evil things like LEDs and high speed transistors for things like cell phones?

And you can combine it with that nitrogen stuff that is part of so many explosives. And use it for (wait for it) even brighter LEDs!

Wow. That's some real exotic stuff there. Certainly wouldn't want any of that in the world.

Yeah, this is the sort of BS I'd expect out of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. It's sad they've figured out that submitting everything to Slashdot is a way to shovel their message.

about a month and a half ago
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Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

Hartree Africanized swans: (432 comments)

Nasty. Swans are already mean as all get out and now you want to genetically engineer them with African bee dna, so they behave like killer bees.

Black swan: Cygnus atratus
Africanized honey bee: Apis mellifera adansonii

Africanized Black Swan: Cygnus atratus adansonii (variety: Winged Death).

Attacks in flocks of thousands and chases you for miles. Almost as bad as sharks with lasers, but can fly and travel on land. Doctor Evil would be proud.

about 2 months ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Hartree That's not quite what they want: (352 comments)

"bootstrapping a solar system civilization with no additional money"

FTFY.

about 2 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Hartree And? (367 comments)

It's Ingrid Newkirk. What did you expect?

about 2 months ago
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How President Nixon Saved/Wrecked the American Space Program

Hartree Re:Hate Nixon (125 comments)

That was in the 68 campaign (i.e. I'm a bit young to remember much of it personally, unlike Watergate and the fall of Saigon). How much effect it really had can be argued. One thing I do know is that even later the Paris talks weren't looking all that promising until at least 1972, and Thieu had to be strongarmed to go along. Whether Johnson/Humphrey could have delivered Thieu to the negotiating table even without interference is a question we'll never know the answer to.

There's plenty of things to dislike about Nixon. He's always been a mixed bag in a lot of ways. Yes, he was a crook. But, some of the diplomacy during his administration may have reduced the chance for nuclear war (détente with the USSR, and the opening with China).

In some ways, his Vietnam policy is similar to Obama's in Iraq. Then it was called Vietnamization, now it's called having the Iraqi's assume responsibility for their security. In the case of Nixon, we have 40 years of history to know it didn't work very well. In 40 years, we'll know a lot more about how Iraq works out.

about 2 months ago
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How President Nixon Saved/Wrecked the American Space Program

Hartree Re:Hate Nixon (125 comments)

All depends on how you define "playing in that sandbox". We had several hundred military advisors there during the 50s. Now, you may be able to say that Truman was also "playing in that sandbox" while it was still French, but you can't say the US wasn't there in more than just casual numbers during Eisenhower's administration.

Now, if you mean standard combat troops, that was the Kennedy administration. But, advisors and intelligence personnel are a nebulous area (a bit like our current anti-gravity personnel in Iraq who in no ways have their "boots on the ground").

about 2 months ago
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How President Nixon Saved/Wrecked the American Space Program

Hartree Re:Hate Nixon (125 comments)

"But.. if I feel like Nixon hating there is always Vietnam"

Which part do you hate him for? Ike and especially Kennedy were already playing in that sandbox. LBJ was the one to get the Tonkin Gulf resolution passed and massively enlarge the commitment of troops.

If it's that you think he lost the war, that was already well underway since the crisis of US public opinion after Tet. The draw down of troops and the cut off of ammunition to South Vietnam were nearly mandated as a result of public opinion and congressional action.

Yes, Nixon increased the bombing campaign and implemented a blockade, but also pursued peace talks with North Vietnam (The agreements which N. Vietnam basically violated when they pushed south.)

I've been appalled by how often when I've heard one of the younger set say that Nixon started the Vietnam War. That's a pretty major failure of history knowledge. I'm hoping that's not what you were thinking.

about 3 months ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

Hartree Re:Engines are more than just for movement: (174 comments)

Sure. Or, just make it a hybrid drive with charging from the grid and have the best of both worlds.

Fire trucks are a small enough part of the vehicles out there to be less of a worry for efficiency. Reliability is a big thing for emergency vehicles.

There are a lot of garbage trucks and other utility type trucks out there that do short range stop and start runs that would probably make a lot bigger difference.

about 3 months ago

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This American Life Retracts Episode on Apple Factories in China

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "This American Life aired an episode in January about visiting Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen China that supplies Apple with iPhones and iPads. It was the most downloaded of all of its episodes.

That show helped prompt Apple to release, for the first time, a list of its suppliers and allow outside audits of working conditions at its suppliers. (Discussed here on a previous Slashdot story.)

This American Life has now retracted the episode after finding out that Mike Daisey, whose visit to the factory the show was based on, fabricated portions of the story. This included a number of minor items, but also major ones such as his saying that he personally met underage workers and those poisoned by hexane exposure.

To set the record straight, this weekend's episode of This American Life will present how they were mislead into airing a flawed story.

TAL's press release (pdf) is here."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that the NY FBI was planning.

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "Ars Technica reports: The anonymous operative that recorded a conference call by the FBI and other international cybecrime units has been arrested in Ireland.

This is due to information apparently provided to the FBI by Sabu, the LulzSec head who was named and indicted earlier today along with several other members.

Interestingly, one of the topics discussed during the intercepted call was delaying UK court cases to avoid interfering with a major operation that

Ironically, that operation was the investigation leading to Sabu and LulzSec's arrest earlier today. That also lead to the arrest of the person recording that very call."

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WHO: Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

Hartree Hartree writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Hartree (191324) writes "A World Health Organization group of experts doing a review of previous studies concluded that they could not rule out the the possibility that cell phones increase brain cancer risk. The judge the possibility to be great enough to warrant measures to reduce exposure. Hands free operation or testing were mentioned."
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