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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Last_Available_Usern Re:Why is this Google's problem? (155 comments)

Actually, it would be more accurate if someone else was holding the sign and Google was just pointing it out. In this case I still say the guy holding the actual sign is the one you go after.

about a month ago
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Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

Last_Available_Usern Simple... (162 comments)

I don't get what's so hard. Just have Jebidiah Kerman exit the rover and fix the wheel.

about a month ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Last_Available_Usern Why is this Google's problem? (155 comments)

They aren't hosting the content, they're merely making pointers to it. Isn't this an issue that should be handled by the company hosting/managing the web content? I'm surprised Google is getting involved in this at all and it makes me wonder what their motivations for doing so are, given the obvious administrative burden this is imposing.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Last_Available_Usern Better question... (272 comments)

How many employees does the US Govt really need.

about 2 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Last_Available_Usern Re:Confused. (752 comments)

Why are you so hostile? Is this the website you come to for world and economic news? I bet it's not.

about 2 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Last_Available_Usern Re:Confused. (752 comments)

Two other airplanes (non-commercial with much lower loss of life and thus less interesting to news outlets I presume) were shot down within the week in similar airspace. Why aren't we discussing those? Go ahead and try to put a techie spin on it, but the point remains that we're only oogling over this because a bunch of people died, which not only seem distasteful, but again, has nothing to with the type of news this site represents.

about 2 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Last_Available_Usern Confused. (752 comments)

This is a tragic story, but why is this on Slashdot? This is indeed stuff that matters, but news for nerds? Not so much.

about 2 months ago
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Xanadu Software Released After 54 Years In the Making

Last_Available_Usern I wonder... (90 comments)

Was John Romero working on this project too?

about 3 months ago
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Tech Worker Groups Boycott IBM, Infosys, Manpower

Last_Available_Usern Re:Did someone just figure this out *NOW*?? (234 comments)

So what you're saying is the second anyone infringes on the rights of a group you belong to you automatically band together in protest, even if it's at the potential expense of your livlihood? Gathering legitmate evidence to make a reasonable case for your claim takes time. Rallying troops together takes time. Planning for possibly not having a job if this backfires takes time. I guess fortunate for you that firing off a [weird] rant on Slashdot doesn't take any time at all.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

Last_Available_Usern I wonder... (250 comments)

...how many minorities Facebook hired between when the request was made and when they finally complied. Would be interesting to see before and after data.

about 4 months ago
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SpaceX Wins Injunction Against Russian Rocket Purchases

Last_Available_Usern Re:Why (166 comments)

To be clear, USAF awarded ULA (United Launch Alliance, jointly run by Boeing and Lockheed) the uncompeted contract. What this prevents is ULA from making purchases from Russia for parts, which essentially cripples their entire contract since the Russian parts included the first-stage engine I believe. Without that, ULA doesn't have a functional rocket as far as I can tell. I'm sure ULA will find an intermediary who will "just happen" to have some of these engines laying around that they can then use to fulfill the contract. The bigger question is whether the contract as a whole will be recompeted, as it should.

about 4 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Last_Available_Usern Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (467 comments)

None of your reasons show that owning a home is a bad financial decision, which is all my point was meant to convey. If owning a home is bad a decision for you logistically, then you shouldn't own. But all things being equal, buying a home within your means makes far more financial sense in the long run than renting.

about 4 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Last_Available_Usern Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (467 comments)

Ok, so after X amount of years of renting or paying a mortgage you've spent $400K. In one of those situation you have an investment that is VERY likely to be worth a lot more than the original $200K purchase price, and in the other you have nothing. How is wasting some of the money on mortgage interest better than wasting ALL of the money on rent?

about 4 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Last_Available_Usern Re:A "millionaire" isn't what it used to be. (467 comments)

that they don't waste it on things like mortgages, car debt, credit cards, and other bad habits that keep people at "average" and "normal" net worth.

How is a mortgage a waste? You even listed it first as if to denote it's importance of being avoided. Owning your own home is advantageous for a lot of reasons, but the most important of which is people base their rent prices on what their mortgage costs. If you're renting - you're paying off someone else's mortgage for them. Unless you want to be single your whole life and rent a flat with a bunch of other guys I fail to see how renting would ever be worthwhile over purchasing.

about 4 months ago
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Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

Last_Available_Usern Re:ARM is the new Intel (110 comments)

We all knew what he meant. Frankly, I didn't even notice it until you pointed it out. If you're so observant wouldn't disecting nuances of the article be a btter use of your time than spelling/grammar monitoring?

about 4 months ago
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Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Last_Available_Usern Re:disclosure (85 comments)

It must be at least mildly effective if the only legitimate means of unencrypting the data was a copy of the keys that only a set of researchers dedicated to the issue were able to find.

about 5 months ago
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Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

Last_Available_Usern Of course Symantec did that... (85 comments)

It's in Symantec's interest that the authors mitigate the weakness in their malware so the threat will permeate through media and people will continue to be terrified into buying copious amounts of security software that in most cases won't even mitigate the risk.

about 5 months ago
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Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches

Last_Available_Usern From someone who gave up on the game... (166 comments)

I reinstalled the game a few weeks ago after not playing for ages due to a constant feeling of never finding decent items and being tied to the AH for upgrades. The game (even just post patch, not even counting the xpac) is so much more playable. If you're on the fence, I can give you a few bullet points that have kept me interested:

1) With the AH gone, way more legendaries and meaningful items drop.
2) The drops (both rare and legendary) are often more meaningful as they cater the stats to your class for the most part.
3) All items (including legendaries) roll max-level with appropriate stats for the person who made the game.
4) +Skill and +DmgType has become very prevelent stats on many pieces now, making it less about sheet DPS and cookie cutter builds and more about building a spec that compliments your playstyle and the gear you've found.
5) Paragon levels are shared across all characters so no more grinding paragon for all your toons.
6) Paragon points are used to supplement stats like Int/Dex/Str, Vitality, Life on Hit, Crit Dmg, etc, allowing you to customize your build further and fill in the blanks your gear lacks.

All in all, I really like the changes and what little I've seen that they added to the Xpax (namely the Mystic for customizing drops in both appearance and stats) I like as well.

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

Last_Available_Usern AT&T will likely regret this. (466 comments)

AT&T has quite the sack to go on record with this statement. I can only assume they hope other ISP's will get on board and try to somehow make this an acceptable thought process. A few points...

1) Where the consumer goes on the internet is their own business.
2) If the consumer is using more bandwidth then your business model allows, adjust your rates to the consumer to match.
3) You can't build a toll road between a gambler and the city of Vegas and then charge both the gambler and Vegas for their travel.

about 6 months ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Last_Available_Usern Executive summary... (491 comments)

We still have no idea exactly where the aircraft is, how it went down, or what to do now.

about 6 months ago

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Supreme Court rules against Aereo streaming service.

Last_Available_Usern Last_Available_Usern writes  |  about 3 months ago

Last_Available_Usern (756093) writes "The U.S. Supreme Court today dealt a potentially fatal blow to Aereo, an Internet service that allows customers to watch broadcast TV programs on mobile devices by renting a small DVR and antenae (in supported cities) to record and then retransmit local programming on-demand over the internet."
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Last_Available_Usern Last_Available_Usern writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Last_Available_Usern (756093) writes "I've been using and supporting Microsoft OS's and products for most of my working life, but like most techies, I've always been drawn by new alternatives. About 8 years ago my then boss wanted to explore the feasability of using Linux as a low cost alternative to our small business customers. I was tasked with getting it up and running and seeing how it worked. I muddled my way through getting Redhat installed, Samba functioning, and even handshaking credentials with our NT network and it's clients. I of course found it clumsy, but was still impressed with some of what it offered. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has dabbled with it in the past, and then crawled back to their comfort zone though.

My question is this: How far has Linux come in the last 8-10 years? The new Ubuntu distro looks neat, along with several other offerings. What do folks like myself who experimented with it in the past have to look forward to nowadays? Is it worth reexamining?"

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