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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

L4t3r4lu5 Re:No. (451 comments)

Good example. There are different types of door handle, and they illicit a learned response from us. If you have the wrong handle for the type of door, you are left confused and often irate.

Take the traditional door knob. You have learned through experience that the door knob is a device which is grasped, rotated, then pulled to swing a door inwards. What if the door knob was put on a sliding door? You would first grab the knob and twist, and it would not rotate. You would then pull the knob, and the door would not open. You would probably stop at that point and reconsider the ways the door could function, but you are immediately presented with a situation which is contrary to every experience you have had throughout your life up until this point.

How about car doors? They are flaps or handles on the door of a car which allow for grasping with the fingers. You place your hand under or through the handle and pull, and the door opens. Would you put that handle on a push door?

Now picture a fire door. The handle for this is a bar across the entire width of the door, attached at approximately a 45 degree downward angle. It is obvious to all that this is supposed to be pushed, and is designed that way. Would you put such a handle on a door which was to be pulled towards the user? How about a sliding door? Would you put a car door handle on a fire door?

You take these things for granted because you experience them every day. They have, however, been carefully engineered for purpose, and using them in situations for which they weren't designed can absolutely lead to injury or even death. Just from door handles.

Now, then. Tell me again about software UI design and how people shouldn't be confused when there are changes.

about a week ago
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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Force her out! (313 comments)

For the umpteenth time: waterboarding is not torture. At most, it is "torture-lite" â" anything, from which the subject walks away without bodily harm, does not qualify.

You should read about some of the inventive methods of psychological torture, starting with sleep deprivation. It is entirely possible to render a person unable to function without even touching them. Hell, a person with bipolar disorder can torture themselves into forgetting how to wash themselves. Literally forget how to bathe.

about a week ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

L4t3r4lu5 Re:This is how America ceases to be great (133 comments)

They were certainly part of something great, at one point.

Sincerely,

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

That is exactly my point. I'm not suggesting that men and women should share bathrooms, only that womens' bathrooms should be equipped for "communal use" aka urinals. It's a trade off; A little bit of social awkwardness in the form of peeing in front of your peers, offsetting have to wait 15 minutes for a cubicle with a broken lock and no TP.

about a week ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

L4t3r4lu5 Re:La Douce Vie (477 comments)

Maybe some people just use expressions in a foreign language.

Sacrebleu!

about a week ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Short term - long term (477 comments)

The only reason they get away with such abuse is because you let them. Of course I don't mean you specifically, but people in your position.

And if your union doesn't pull its weight, find another one that does. Failing that, resign and get a more fulfilling job!

about a week ago
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Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Sex discrimination. (673 comments)

Having been stood next to a girl at one of those porta-urinals you get at music festivals, I can say for certain that the only thing keeping the lines long outside of ladies bathroom is their own sensibilities. Women are certainly capable, no doubt with practice, of making use of "communal" facilities just as well as a guy. Wouldn't want to convince any to try, though.

about a week ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

L4t3r4lu5 Re:And no charges will be filed (139 comments)

You're quite right; I should stop relying on the stub to be in any way informative, or in fact accurate.

about a week ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

L4t3r4lu5 Re:And no charges will be filed (139 comments)

So what? If the people charged with a crime ever go to Poland, this might actually mean something.

Ban HP products from sale in within the EU for a year. That's a proper and reasonable response.

about a week ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

L4t3r4lu5 Re:the future is now... (630 comments)

Now is always the past. Your perception is delayed, unless you are the event.

about a week ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Actually... (639 comments)

But how do you define the center of the solar system or of the galaxy?

Physics.

about a week ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

L4t3r4lu5 Re:It's a start (294 comments)

I thought about the performance meters, but then considered that the few times when I wanted to see performance figures they would be obscured by a window. Install a proper monitoring utility which will output to the system tray, or an overlay, or a proper performance monitoring tool. Hell, even perfmon does a better job when set up correctly.

I personally use Coretemp for temperature and fan monitoring, and the motherboard manufacturer supplied tuning app for CPU clock / usage stats. GPUz will give you live graphics info, if you want it.

about a week ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

L4t3r4lu5 Re:What a joke (195 comments)

Passthrough, in this instance, is where your company-supplied router has all of the functionality apart from the modem disabled; It is set up to pass all data straight out to the LAN side of the device. You then have a second router, purchased by yourself and set up how you wish, handling all LAN services; DHCP, NAT, SPI etc. This has two major benefits;

- The device provided by your ISP is almost guaranteed to be the cheapest crap they can get away with calling an Integrated Service Router; It will fall over faster than you can reboot it. Taking all services away from this device, apart from passing packets from the ISP to the LAN, is good for your network uptime.
- Your ISP provided device is probably hooked up with any number of backdoors for service reps to help Grandma Lilly connect her wireless printer, or meter your LAN traffic and bill you for it (I forget who did that, but I laughed when I read it). Having another router inside the LAN, after the ISP's device, ensures that the CSR's on the support desk can't access your LAN. Ever. They can't see traffic, they can't tell how many devices you have, nothing.

My home network is set up exactly like this, only I go one step further and have my own router pass all traffic through a VPN. There is just no way for the ISP to know anything about my internet usage, only how many bits it passes for me.

As for serving one MAC address, that's exactly why a lot of ISRs in the early - mid 2000s had MAC cloning as a feature; Set up your modem on your PC, then tell your router to clone your PC NIC's MAC address. BOOM instant internet sharing, and the ISP is none the wiser.

about a week ago
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A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Transparent OLED (135 comments)

How would you keep the overlay in focus while you are concentrating on objects in the distance?

about a week ago
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

L4t3r4lu5 Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

That is only one consideration, and a questionable conclusion at best. There is also airflow; Very good through the 25mm thick radiator an unrestricted 120mm^2 case fan mounting, poor through 100mm of densly packed fins and the height of a PCI slot and out through the single slot exhaust. If you're running an aftermarket cooler (Windforce 3, as I have) then that's different, but that exhausts into the case, increasing ambient temperature. There's also acoustic preferences; The stock AMD coolers *howl* under load, as the tornado-style fans are small and have to spin pretty damn fast to get the air pressure required to push air through those small fin gaps at a reasonable pressure. There's no such issue with the water loop; 120mm fan can be silent and still easily cool a GPU without the into-case exhaust of the aftermarket coolers. My CPU is cooled by a Corsair Hydro closed loop system; Not ideal when coupled with the Windforce, but it gets the job done.

If I was in the market for a $1000+ graphics card and didn't already have my own water system, I'd snap up one of these AMD cards in a second. It's almost guaranteed to be next to silent as long as the tornado fan can keep the RAM and MOSFETs cool at a reasonable RPM.

about a week ago
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AMD Unveils the Liquid-Cooled, Dual-GPU Radeon R9 295X2 At $1,500

L4t3r4lu5 Re:here's how stupid this is (146 comments)

The radiator for the liquid loop is not on the graphics card, only the waterblock and pump are. The radiator is separate and designed to be mounted on the 120mm case-fan mounting at the rear of your case (or wherever else it will fit) and exhaust out of the case. You lose can only gain in cooling efficiency as you are increasing the air-cooled surface area (120mm rad compared to standard GPU heatsink), you're exhausting directly out of the case thereby reducing ambient temperature compared to an enclosed air-cooling system, and you're getting a lower RPM, therefore lower noise, fan to boot.

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Got the update... (303 comments)

I think what parent was saying is the current release, v16, and is patched. Either you're on Maya (LTS release) or you're doing a full upgrade at each new version. Nobody should be running v15 anymore.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Why not just a small transaction fee? (342 comments)

There's no increased liquidity; Buyer and seller(s) were already engaged in a transaction (had reached Exchange A, not Exchange B), and all orders would have been fulfilled by the Exchange B once the order arrived there (Gross simplification, I know). Someone with a faster link between A and B buying all of $Stock at B and selling for slightly higher before the order from A arrives isn't adding liquidity. If a person did it, it would be called front running and it's illegal.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Why not just a small transaction fee? (342 comments)

Ah fuck me not closing my tags properly.

1 - 5 cents is the bread and butter of HFT. The fact that it's only < 10 cents that nobody thinks it's that big a deal.

The trouble is that it's actually billions of dollars annually because it's on every transaction.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

L4t3r4lu5 Re:Why not just a small transaction fee? (342 comments)

1 - 5 cents is the bread and butter of HFT. The fact that it's only
The trouble is that it's actually billions of dollars annually because it's on every transaction.

about two weeks ago

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Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist sus

L4t3r4lu5 L4t3r4lu5 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) writes "I'm not sure why I've not seen anything like this on /. yet.

From TFA:
"Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that the military is not used in domestic policing. The legislation has also been strongly criticised by libertarians on the right angered at the stripping of individual rights for the duration of "a war that appears to have no end".

The law, contained in the defence authorisation bill that funds the US military, effectively extends the battlefield in the "war on terror" to the US and applies the established principle that combatants in any war are subject to military detention.

The legislation's supporters in Congress say it simply codifies existing practice, such as the indefinite detention of alleged terrorists at Guantánamo Bay. But the law's critics describe it as a draconian piece of legislation that extends the reach of detention without trial to include US citizens arrested in their own country.""

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UK Police Drop BT-Phorm Investigation

L4t3r4lu5 L4t3r4lu5 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

L4t3r4lu5 writes "City of London Police have decided not to formally investigate BT and Phorm for their allegedly illegal secret ISP-level adware trials, arguing that there was implied consent from customers and it would be a waste of public money.

The matter will not be investigated by the City of London Police as it has been decided that no Criminal Offence has been committed. One of the main reasons for this decision is the lack of Criminal Intent on behalf of BT and Phorm Inc in relation to the tests. It is also believed that there would have been a level of implied consent from BT's customers in relation to the tests, as the aim was to enhance their products.

Who decides where there is implied consent? What about informed consent? Where does this notion of "... lack of Criminal Intent..." come from? Can I use that as a defense in the future?"

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