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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

Lab Rat Jason Seriously??? (63 comments)

People still print???? C'mon people, get over it!

yesterday
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Lab Rat Jason Re: Send in the drones! (804 comments)

The trouble is this: We DID let Crimea go... we did nothing. Then Russia provided SAMs and the rebels shot down a civilian airliner...and we did nothing. How long do we sit this one out?

Europe cannot risk the kind of continued unchecked aggression that Russia can dish out, not if they ever hope to avoid the financial ruin that follows Communism around like a hungry dingo. This is not a movie. Stand up to Russia.

2 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Lab Rat Jason Re:Boring (247 comments)

Agreed... I've read MUCH better accounts of "Scamming the scammer"... one included a call to netstat to determine the remote guy's IP address, and ended in the scammer nearly crying. If the OP wasn't AC, I'd use my mod points to randomly hunt and downmod any comments I could find from the OP.

LAME!

3 days ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

Lab Rat Jason Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

Bow down to my 27" tablet!!!

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

Lab Rat Jason Re:Hackers (120 comments)

I'm surprised they didn't name the publication "Security weak"... but perhaps they're not the laughing type?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Lab Rat Jason Re:Linksys E1200 (427 comments)

I run the E3000 with DD-WRT... I've loved it... Runs great! no longer run it in bridged mode after moving to a new house, but it's still got nice features (albeit a bit aged now)

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Lab Rat Jason Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

Sorry, to state this a little more clearly: What percentage of people do you think use facebook as their primary or only source of news? I'd bet the number is pretty high.

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Lab Rat Jason Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

So... for what percentage of Facebook users is this also true?

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Lab Rat Jason Re:I like to dick with FB (130 comments)

If only I hadn't spent my mod points yesterday, I'd mod this up. This is the point of machine learning, and probably one of the first aspects that they tackled... the numbers don't lie.

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Lab Rat Jason Re:Because (130 comments)

The trouble here... and the reason I don't use facebook... is that just because I like coke, doesn't mean I "Like" coke. If I want to express my affinity for a product, that doesn't mean I want to be constantly marketed to by that company. Likewise, the sleazy practice of making someone like your product before you can see some kind of content (say a video for example) that has gone viral... but until you watch the video, you aren't sure whether you "Like" (or even like) the product/company... pisses me off.

Facebook operates under the pretense that it's a good way for you to keep in touch with your friends... but their quarterly financial statements argue for the fact that it is a good way for companies to market to individuals under the pretense of them keeping up with their friends.

Your description of the myriad ways in which your feed is broken and fails to satisfy you is a proxy for the myriad ways in which Facebook is making money off you.

about three weeks ago
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Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Lab Rat Jason Re:Bubbles (130 comments)

1. It is not possible to exert mind control over an intelligent and reasonable person simply by throttling their social media streams.

See: Russia, Iran, Syria, China... need I go on?

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Lab Rat Jason Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

I'd bet dollars to pesos that the government strongly hinted to google which account they should look at to see if there is anything amiss that should be reported to the government.

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Lab Rat Jason Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

The problem I take issue with here is the idea that a billion pictures a day probably flow across the Gmail system. SO in order to be able to report this, Google must have either
a) developed an algorithm to spot exploited children (meaning that Google itself must have a pretty huge collection of images for developers to build a ML algorithm against...
b) they are paying people to thumb through all the images in transit
c) the government has provided Google with a list of convicted felons to watch... thus reducing the search space of option b

No matter how you slice it... it sets a bad precedent of varying degree. How do you achieve this without getting your hands dirty? That's what worries me.

about three weeks ago
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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

Lab Rat Jason Re:Six identifiable bullet points (180 comments)

I've used PHP for 12+ years. I have always hated how often I have to refer to reference materials because I can't remember the way a function is spelled, order of parameters, etc. I've never been able to put my finger on it exactly, but PHP has always just bothered me with it's inconsistencies. Reading the fractal post has opened my eyes! I've experienced no less than half of the issues listed, some of which I never was able to resolve why (just ended up coding around the issue). Mostly I've gotten used to using frameworks like Zend and Propel to abstract away a lot of these issues, but that's not a fix, and it's likely to introduce additional security issues.

I've tinkered around with C# for a while now, and just this last year I've gotten serious about learning it for work. The lesson I learned from reading the fractal post is this: PHP has F*cked me up and made me a horrible coder, and has ruined me from learning C# properly. I have to unlearn all the bad habits I picked up in PHP before I can effectively code in any other language.

-J

about a month ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Lab Rat Jason Re:Receiver must be nuke proof... (115 comments)

"hoards of unholy photons" didn't tip you to the fact that I was being somewhat less than scientific about my analysis?

about a month ago
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'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

Lab Rat Jason Receiver must be nuke proof... (115 comments)

So if I understand this correctly, the beams that form the "psudofiber" have to be intense enough to heat the surrounding air in less than a microsecond... and the signal will be pushed down the center of the pipe... so all those hoards of unholy photons that created the pipe in the first place are going to arrive at the destination a microsecond before the signal does, and they should still be nicely focused and searching for a nice electronic sensor to deposit all that energy into... Or did I miss something?

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Lab Rat Jason Re:Pft (962 comments)

Fuck you. Violence is wrong.

The irony is almost more than I can bear.

about a month ago
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The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Lab Rat Jason Re:Pft (962 comments)

fucking telepathy

Infinitely better than regular telepathy... here here!

about a month ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Lab Rat Jason Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

Yes, I was being facetious... giving voice to the people who hang on to this crap for no good reason.

I'm mostly just astounded by the fact that our government... who knows EVERYTHING... doesn't know where they are keeping their deadly viruses... even if they aren't weaponized.

But hey... nobody ever accused the US government of being efficient.

about a month ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Lab Rat Jason Re:I'm shocked... shocked I say... (354 comments)

But you never owned it in the first place... even when you had a hard copy. You only owned a license.

Now, trying to get a replacement copy (based on your license) when your original gets damaged, is another story, but yeah, you never owned the movie.

My problem with physical media is that it's not possible to carry it all with you... so when you want to take a road trip you have to be selective and predict what your kids are going to want to watch. When kids damage the media, you are stuck purchasing another license to something you already have a license to use, and when the player you own stops working, and you can't buy another (think VHS) you are unable to continue to use the media. All these things go away if you buy a license directly from the stuido, and are guaranteed perpetual use. I don't love Netflix... their model is only going to last so long as studios still avoid doing the distribution themselves. If you want my prediction for the future, it's this:

A company will build an end to end streaming solution that includes a server and an app that has iron clad (read mostly iron clad) copy protection that allows a user to view movies from said device, and even create local copies for airplane mode and such... this company will then approach movie studios and show them this: If you buy our streaming solution, then sell licenses to your media directly, users can download the app for free, and view your movies. They then go to other content providers and do the same. If the studio doesn't want to host all that infrastructure, the company will do it as a service. The price per movie will drop as the cost of distribution is taken out of the chain, making stuff cheaper for end users, and making more money for the studio. If Netflix is the company to do this they will survive... if not, they'll die. The problem with netflix right now is that their model is subscription based, which is why I think most studios aren't on board. But if studios were getting a better cut (subscription pays too little), and customers were still getting a perpetual license (Netflix hates loosing content almost as much as I hate Netflix loosing content), then who wouldn't be happy with that arrangement?

In short, will the dinosaurs in the room please stand up? Physical media is a thing of the past... but the perpetual license is the thing that people still want. As soon as someone assuages the piracy concerns of the studio and assuages the loss of access problem for the consumer... there won't be a reason to do anything else.

about a month ago

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Ask Slashdot: Do you run a copy-cat installation at home?

Lab Rat Jason Lab Rat Jason writes  |  about 8 months ago

Lab Rat Jason (2495638) writes "During a discussion with my wife last night, I came to the realization that the primary reason I have a Hadoop cluster tucked under my desk at home (I work in an office) is because my drive for learning is too aggressive for my IT department's security policy, as well as their hardware budget. But on closer inspection the issue runs even deeper than that. Time spent working on the somewhat menial tasks of the day job prevent me from spending time learning new tech that could help me do the job better. So I do my learning on my own time. As I thought about it, I don't know a single developer who DOESN'T have a home setup that allows them to tinker in a more relaxed environment. Or put another way, my home setup represents the place I wish my company was going.

So my question to Slashdot is this: How many of you find yourselves investing personal time to learn things that will directly benefit your employer, and how many of you are able to separate 'church and state?'"

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