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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

Iamthecheese Re:Big bags of water... that's what we are. (130 comments)

I respectfully disagree. While it would be harder to survive on the moon many, dare I say "most" global disasters that could wipe out humanity on earth wouldn't effect a self-sustaining moon colony. Furthermore having one of those would springboard mankind to other far-away places.

10 hours ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Iamthecheese Re:Sounds good. (545 comments)

Holy shit, what is your problem? If you have actual evidence that I'm wrong about something, post it. Replying to every comment I make with disparaging yet empty rebuttals doesn't just make you look like a dick, it emphasizes the fact that you have nothing more substantial on your side.

2 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Iamthecheese Re:cowardice (545 comments)

stop quoting Wikipedia word for word, you're a douche for trying to pawn that crap off as your own.

On the off chance that you're not trolling me: I've never done that so any precise coincidence between my words and Wikipedia is a case of the information going the other direction. I'm not going to search for every phrase I've uttered recently but luckily I don't have to as you seem to be aware of the article in question. May I ask what article it is?

2 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Iamthecheese Re:did you see that piece (545 comments)

However GamerGate started it's continuation is fueled entirely by real proven instances of corruption and collaboration in the press. By pointing out over and over "the review never happened" opponents avoid the many, many legitimate complaints GamerGate has. After all that has happened it's almost disingenuous to point out that the review never happened, like a "white nationalist" pointing out minor arguments over how many thousands of Jews died in a particular camp.

It's true that review never happened but a good deal of favoritism did. More to the point GamerGate is about lies, blackballing of journalists, hiding of poor behavior, lack of enforced ethics policies, and other malfeasance. Wu and company are only relevant to the extent they are focused on to the exclusion of more important topics.

2 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Iamthecheese Re:Sounds good. (545 comments)

the old adage of "just ignore it" literally does not work anymore.

I'm not disputing this but I don't agree either. Can you provide evidence and supporting argument?

2 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Iamthecheese cowardice (545 comments)

This isn't even the use of weasel words. The FBI is investigating *opponents* of GamerGate for lying about threats and third party trolls for making other threats while the summery claims the investigation is about threats made by proponents. I really, really hope whoever made the threats and whoever lied about them is caught. I hope this because I know damn well GamerGate did not make these threats.

The entire case against GamerGate is built of press pushing talking points off of empty claims made by professional victims. That's the start and end of the "threats and harassment" side of the story. Meanwhile a consumer movement against, ironically, corruption in the press is being libeled to suit political agendas.

2 days ago
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FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Iamthecheese Re:Ethics? (545 comments)

Stop lying that lie. For everyone else, please look at my post history for evidence refuting it.

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Iamthecheese Re:Luddites (658 comments)

I believe you would have extremely cheap goods except that various governments are taking and wasting unprecedented amounts of wealth. If I were wearing my foil hat I would say this is deliberate.

4 days ago
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No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Iamthecheese Taste (130 comments)

I can't see major manufacturers changing their recipes overnight but this is sure to bring an evolution in beercraft. The industry has already been shaken severely through vigorous competition. Major manufacturers will need to put out hundreds of candidate low-hops beers if they don't want to lose ground.

about a week ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

Iamthecheese 2% is nothing (121 comments)

With massive proven returns on the dollar we need to more than double NASA's budget. I would rather see that extra money go to pure science but since that's just not going to happen at least put it where a lot of science is happening. I would suggest selling off 500 tanks and all the Warthogs and using the extra maintenance and upgrade budget.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Police Raid the Pirate Bay Again

Iamthecheese It's good to know they're keeping us safe. (184 comments)

The Swedish people must be delighted to know how much is directly and indirectly being brought to the table in the name of removing those evil and dangerous criminals at the Pirate Bay.

Sovereignty, reputation as a safe place to do business, a reputation for not being corrupt, and a long cultural history of preserving freedom and privacy are a lot to sacrifice but as long as a perfectly legal file sharing site can be brought to its knees for literally hours it's well done.

Furthermore I'm sure not a single penny has crossed the border from Hollywood, and no favors were exchanged with US politicians to make this happen.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Iamthecheese Re:Very cool. (127 comments)

The average consumer fills 10 - 20% of their drive capacity. Ever.

And most drive space owned by companies isn't used. If you're filling 80% of your drive you're starting to lose options. You're making tough choices about what data to keep. When I buy a computer I want a hard drive large enough for the great unknowns of the future. That way when a new game comes out, or I want to provide backup space to my friend, or when I want 100 GB of swap space for an unusual purpose it's there. My personal data takes up about 100 GB now. My OS and applications take up another 50 at most. If you would recommend me a 200 GB drive based on that data you would do me a great disservice.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Iamthecheese Be one of the best (720 comments)

Work free as a volunteer for any of the worthy nonprofits that need such help, and become known for your excellent work and professionalism. There's a good chance you'll get a recommendation that will drown out any doubts.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

Iamthecheese puns bypass censorship (156 comments)

Chinese pundits frequently opine upun political matters with clever word play. It's much more difficult to use automated search for all the combinations of characters that can phunetically mean something political. Those seeking a "harmonious society" therefore hate the practice.

about two weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Iamthecheese Re:paperclip collectors (574 comments)

yeah! AI is completely useless except for image recognition, language translation, Chess, Go, trivia, driving cars, file organization, pattern finding, research, and repair optimization. And henceforth there shall be no further progress.

about three weeks ago
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Hawking Warns Strong AI Could Threaten Humanity

Iamthecheese Re:Ignored? (574 comments)

Think of a supergenius. He can write letters (or a book), play the stock market, hire people, start a company, bribe governments, crack into computers, create software, and otherwise wield immense power without ever leaving his chair. If he's sufficiently skillful and intelligent he can move armies, mountains, and governments.

about three weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

Iamthecheese Not just girls (333 comments)

The connection between real-world happenings and computer code needs to be drawn for every student. There's a world of difference between "I can make these words appear on the screen" and "I can let someone buy something" or "I can make a light turn on" or "I can tell a 3-d printer how to make a shape". Making real things happen in the real world is the spark of excitement that has brought many novices into the world of programming.

about three weeks ago
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The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis

Iamthecheese Re:Buses are already better. (257 comments)

Yeah! I drive my car so I can feel superior to the bus-riding peasantry!

A month's groceries? Well I could easily just take two or three hour-long bus trips instead. Rain at the bus stop? Who cares, I like rain. Arriving at work soaked in sweat in the summer and stinking of the bus crowd? They'll adjust. Every disadvantage of riding the bus is minor. An extra 30 minutes per trip minimum? My time is free! No chance to have a cigar on the way? smoking is bad for you anyway. The only thing the bus can't give that my car can is that sweet, sweet feeling of being king as I slowly roll my 1986 Toyota wagon down the strip.

The fact that my car costs less for commuting isn't even a factor, I'm willing to pay more for the environment. Convenience? Who needs it! The bus would be the only way for me but for my damned ego. Alas. You've called me out, you have: taking the bus would be better in every other way.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my turkey ...

Iamthecheese Re:WKRP (189 comments)

I don't know what wkrp is but I'm pretty sure you couldn't kill a turkey that way

about three weeks ago

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Scammer's sentenced to super short, suspended stint

Iamthecheese Iamthecheese writes  |  about 9 months ago

Iamthecheese (1264298) writes "A scammer who used an Indian call center to sell free virus scanning software received a suspended sentence and a 5,000 pound fine yesterday. Members of the swindler's organization used cold calling and claimed to be Microsoft. Saying the victim's computer was infected, they tried to sell antimalware programs available free from microsoft for 50 to 100 pounds."

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