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Almost 100 Arrested In Worldwide Swoop On Blackshades Malware

InsultsByThePound Re:Today's Best Slashvertisement? (87 comments)

I thought, "I bet I can google this and get it for free." I was right.

about 3 months ago
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Almost 100 Arrested In Worldwide Swoop On Blackshades Malware

InsultsByThePound Re:it is actually illegal (87 comments)

This explains the NSA right now:
"We also like bombing brown people! Not because they're terrorists...just because they're brown! Seriously! When did we last bomb white people, when was the last time ANY white people were bombed? Huh? The Germans! And that was simply because they were trying to cut into our action! Dominate the world, BULLSHIT, that's OUR FUCKING JOB! We can't make a decent fucking car, but we can bomb the shit out of your country all right!"

about 3 months ago
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ANTVR - China's Answer To Oculus Rift Is Raising Funds

InsultsByThePound Re:Chinese IP Knockoffs Forgo Branding,Now Bypassi (104 comments)

The virtual boy was a concept ahead of it's time with no hope of getting hardware to match up to a good experience. Nice idea, shit execution. Even Oculus rift these days is delayed by waiting for hardware (screens) that can match people's expectations, most notably oled screens with a high enough refresh rate.

But the VB also didn't have 1/10 of the ideas of oculus rift. It was two screen in a set of goggles. It's like comparing a House from the 1650s to one from today. They do the same basic thing and that's it. It's all different from there on down.

about 3 months ago
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Report: YouTube Buying Twitch.tv For $1 Billion

InsultsByThePound Wow a fucking billion dollars aint shit today (142 comments)

Back when I was a kid the last millenium (80-90s), a billion as a lot of money. It was a domain that only Bill Gates and a handful of other chosen few were allowed to occupy. Now every damn internet start up is getting a billion each at least, often in the double digits.

Shit with absolutely no real world business prospects to justify the price they command. Are we in Internet bubble 2.0?

about 3 months ago
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The Shrinking Giant Red Spot of Jupiter

InsultsByThePound Re:Monolith! (160 comments)

I heard it's getting bigger all the time as well as it's frame, so you are welcome to it.

about 4 months ago
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US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science

InsultsByThePound Re:I have tried (306 comments)

Many people like things like writing reports where you are making a generalize persuasive argument which will be backed up with meeting and maybe even some time on a golf course; things that generally drive most programmers insane.

Most antisocial programmers I have seen are stuck on bullshit jobs after 40 because they can't take shove their OCD aside but at the same time aren't smart enough to realize "No, I'm not a genius like Carmack who can afford to act 100x as OCD as me without repercussion."

Then they steam and stew while less able programmers get promoted, because they can hob nob with a bunch of managers on the back nine without missing a beat.

about 4 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

InsultsByThePound Re:Let me know when it gets to production (if ever (81 comments)

I disagree. This helps EVs in two ways. Once, designers no longer will have to oversize battery packs in anticipation of degradation. (Primarily for series hybrids which will probably come out in combination with the 25 HP wave disk generator....) And as you said, resale value. But resale value is a huge thing, so don't understate it.

about 4 months ago
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New Battery Tech From Japan Could Supercharge EVs

InsultsByThePound Re:Haven't Seen The Video.... (81 comments)

Everyone know most anime characters are white.

about 4 months ago
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How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

InsultsByThePound Is that how Government pays $1M for a drone kit (143 comments)

of 3 planes (1 camera/control).... something that should be priced maximum as a regular family sedan if that....?

about 4 months ago
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US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat

InsultsByThePound Re:Your tax dollars hard at work (210 comments)

Yeah, and in the last few decades law enforcement agencies on both the state and federal level have grown increasingly dependent on civil forfeiture in their insane drug war. Basically it's a guilty until proven innocent system, and good luck getting it back if the government took all your money to begin with.

This was a country with $500 and $1000 (and more) dollar bills already back in the 1920s.... and now you're suspicious if you carry more than a few hundred dollar bills. Modern hundred dollar bills that I may add have less value than a 1920s Hamilton ($10 bill).

Before anyone says it only happens to drug dealers, I had 2 friends go to CA with their life savings of $15k and a business plan get stopped in OK and the money seized and never seen again. Not an gram of drugs in the car, just some beer in the back. America looks more and more like a communist country every coming decade.

about 4 months ago
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Researchers Develop DNA GPS Tool To Accurately Trace Geographical Ancestry

InsultsByThePound Re:Soo... (69 comments)

Beethoven being "black" is just speculation put forward by pan-africanists and have little to do with reality.

about 4 months ago
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Volvo Testing Autonomous Cars On Public Roads

InsultsByThePound Re:Google getting all the glory? (98 comments)

Soon google will give you the car for free, downside is the outside is covered with e-ink, and the future will look like one huge f1 race, sponsor wise.

about 4 months ago
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Astronomers Calculate How To Spot Life On an Alien Earth

InsultsByThePound Re:But should we go. (46 comments)

He means Sarah Palin. Now proceed to your scheduled waterboarding baptism. Yee-haw, muddafukka.

about 4 months ago
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Figuring Out the iPad's Place

InsultsByThePound Re:Market saturation (333 comments)

After the bump in resolution, I just don't think there's much reason to upgrade. Speed is okay. The tech industry increasingly has to look at a future where it sells products that will be "good enough" for most people for a decade instead of 2 years.

What smart phones/tablets went through the last 7 years is what desktop and notebook PCs went through in the 80s/90s/early00s. Now very few people consider seriously getting a new desktop every 2 or even 4 years. And yes there will always be a segment that wants more speed, but as they grew the market for computers, that segment did not increase in proportion with it because most of those power users were already there by the nature of their work. Many of the power users that get added afterwards probably replace the ones that drop off for one reason or another.

And considering ewaste, this is not a bad thing. Except for companies whose stock price depends on them always pushing out more product than they did the same quarter last year.

about 4 months ago
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Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

InsultsByThePound Don't worry, NSA will still buy American (208 comments)

Sony will turn it into a propietary format, allowing someone else to develop a work around at 1/3 the price.

about 4 months ago
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What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

InsultsByThePound Re:I don't know if I am nerd (253 comments)

You say that as if there is no overlap.

about 4 months ago
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Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

InsultsByThePound Re:most schools ignore sat essay (187 comments)

What's funny is colloquial language is the exact opposite and yet some people treat any aberration as if it would cause a million parsing errors.

about 4 months ago
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Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

InsultsByThePound Re:most schools ignore sat essay (187 comments)

Yanno, I don't think perfect grammar or lack of in an informal setting is a test of intelligence. Just be good enough to get the idea across.

I never sat in an English class and thought my teacher was an amazing wizard of thought through their impeccable language skills. Mostly it was "What a dull bitch." I have the same thoughts of spelling/grammar nazis online who try to use it as counterargument or to elevate themselves over the other person.

My math teachers otoh... those were wizards. Their grammar was sometimes horrible and I forgave their faults at every turn.

about 4 months ago

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