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SpaceX Dragon Set To Launch

Leebert Those are my pics... (111 comments)

Thanks for the link Timothy, but I'm pretty sure my crappy iPhone pictures are far superseded by those done by the official photographers. :)

But yeah, this was a BEAUTIFUL launch.

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Not Satisfied With Potential $150,000; Goes Against Judge's Warning

Leebert Yes, I know this is off-topic (234 comments)

But there is no way that Slashdot will call attention to this in a regular story:

http://investors.geek.net/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=672629

Excerpt:

FAIRFAX, Va., May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq:GKNT), the online network for the global geek community, today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the Company and its advisors to explore strategic alternatives with respect to its online media business, including the SourceForge, Slashdot and Freecode websites. The Company and its advisors will evaluate a range of options to maximize shareholder value, including, but not limited to, a potential sale of the Company's online media business, investing additional capital to expand the online media business, or other possible transactions involving the online media business.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120510/MM05555LOGO)

Ken Langone, Chairman and CEO of Geeknet, stated, "After much discussion, our management team and Board of Directors have decided to begin a formal review of our media business to realize the full potential of these valuable assets and maximize shareholder value. With more than 46 million total unique visitors last month, our media properties have a large community of engaged users and we are committed to creating the best online experience for them."

about 2 years ago
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Sony Put Video Service on Hold Due to Comcast Data Caps

Leebert Re:This is exactly why... (348 comments)

That's like 2 single layer DVDs every day.

Get yourself a (wife|husband) with a couple of teenagers in the house then re-evaluate that statement.

about 2 years ago
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Sony Put Video Service on Hold Due to Comcast Data Caps

Leebert Re:Ah, the old victim routine... (348 comments)

I cannot fathom the level of delusion necessary to make people think this way, but it seems that every major conservative political movement does this.

It's similar to the level of delusion that one might have if they decided to label the Holocaust and the Apartheid as "conservative" movements.

about 2 years ago
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FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service

Leebert Re:nonsense (355 comments)

If that were correct then backups would not be admissible evidence. They are.

Welcome to Criminal Justice 101.

Your first homework assignment is to read this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_evidence_rule

Spoiler alert: Doing it is possible, but only in certain circumstances and it raises questions that you'd rather avoid as a prosecution. So they don't do it if they don't have to.

(If it sounds snarky, I didn't mean to be. Trying to be funny but also informative...)

about 2 years ago
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FBI Seizes Server Providing Anonymous Remailer Service

Leebert Re:nonsense (355 comments)

No. That's why the standard for conviction is "reasonable doubt".

about 2 years ago
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GSA Emails Recount Inside Story of Exploding Toilets

Leebert Re:Bad Press or Bad Behavior? (119 comments)

Actually, the thinking that's a problem is yours, you sweat the small stuff, then let the big stuff slide by without comment

Did you miss the part where I said: "the Iraq war is a grossly egregious waste of money"?

Go ahead and think yourself consistent, others think you're completely blinding yourself

I don't see how you don't understand the difference between government (money is taken from me at gunpoint without me having any choice in the matter) and private industry (money is given by me to a private party only in the case where the transaction is mutually beneficial). You're darn tootin' in the former case I'm going to care a lot more if the money is wasted.

about 2 years ago
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GSA Emails Recount Inside Story of Exploding Toilets

Leebert Re:Bad Press or Bad Behavior? (119 comments)

Forget the fact that the Las Vegas conference cost the same as 3 minutes [armscontrolcenter.org] of the Iraq war.

It's that thinking that perpetuates the problem. A whole lot of "it's not as bad as..." adds up quickly, no different than all of those little incidentals on a day-to-day cumulatively impact your budget more than most people realize. Just because the Iraq war is a grossly egregious waste of money doesn't mean that we ignore waste elsewhere.

Forget the fact that the same and worse is standard in private industry

Private industry (with a few notable exceptions) that wastes too much money will go out of business because its products will be too expensive. The government has no such economic pressures; it simply taxes more or borrows more. In government, it's OUR money being wasted.

I believe it's perfectly consistent to be outraged at the waste of tax money while simultaneously not condemning a similar waste in the private sector. (Taxpayer-funded bailouts, government-supported monopolies, etc. notwithstanding)

about 2 years ago
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Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

Leebert Re:Ron Paul (577 comments)

I stand slightly corrected; that is not the official Ron Paul website. It still accurately describes his position.

about 2 years ago
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Santorum Suspends Presidential Campaign

Leebert Re:Ron Paul (577 comments)

His position on abortion cannot be justified by the constitution

Oh, I think "leave it to the states" is a perfectly constitutional opinion.

From his own position description at http://www.ronpaul.com/on-the-issues/abortion/:

At the same time, Ron Paul believes that the ninth and tenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution do not grant the federal government any authority to legalize or ban abortion. Instead, it is up to the individual states to prohibit abortion.

about 2 years ago
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F-18 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Virginia Apartment Complex

Leebert Combat record (295 comments)

Even if you only count one apartment building demolished, the F-18 still has a better combat record than the F-22.

(I only joke because there were no fatalities!)

about 2 years ago
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Plantronics Helps Make Remote Workers' Lives Easier (Video)

Leebert Re:WTF? (233 comments)

ell me, oh great Slashdot editors: How do those financial statements look when nobody is left to consume your bullshit?

The slashdot staff DOES know better. If you think this doesn't bother them, you're dead wrong.

Like many of us, they're sitting around on corporate telecons hearing about how they're going to "monetize blah blah corporatespeak". About their only choice is to quit and take another job. I certainly don't think we want that, because eventually those who fill their shoes will be selected as ones who are much more in-line with corporate philosophy, and NO ONE will be left to at least voice concerns.

This "story" is repugnant, and I'm all about the anger, but aim it somewhere other than the editors.

about 2 years ago
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TSA Shuts Down Airport, Detains 11 After "Science Project" Found

Leebert Re:Earth to Absent-minded Professor. Come in pleas (537 comments)

So you'd never investigate anomalous network activity on your network because clearly your perimeter defenses would keep the hackers out?

C'mon now; I loathe the TSA as much as anybody else, but if you don't get the concept of defense in depth you're probably not qualified to throw stones...

about 2 years ago
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Climate Change To Drive Weather Disasters, Say UN Experts

Leebert Re:Yeah yeah (572 comments)

it’s a theory at best.

So is relativity, but your GPS wouldn't work if it didn't compensate for relativistic effects.

(Not that I am in any way defending or condemning AGW. I just hate seeing misuse of terms.)

about 2 years ago
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NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

Leebert Re:This Is A Bad Idea (516 comments)

You say the police will nail you for 35 in a 25, this implies they will let you off for 34.

Laurel, Delaware gave me a ticket for 30 in a 25. I was talking in terms of certainty. I wouldn't put it past my own town's police to give me a ticket for less than 10 over. I generally try to drive SLOWER than the speed limit when I know they're around. (Particularly when they're stuck behind me. Yeah, I'm that guy.)

Also, your use of percentages is kinda pointless here. If I set a speed limit of 2 and you're going 4, that's 200% of the maximum speed, but kinda irrelevant from a safety perspective. (Unless you're driving the crawler-transporter at Kennedy Space Center...)

Now 55 vs 80, that's a different matter altogether.

about 2 years ago
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NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

Leebert Re:The difference (516 comments)

My point about "the number or the needle position" still stands: a (usually) two digit number is a lot faster to register than text. Your altimeter says "5.8", not "five point eight"

Usually, perhaps. Not for me. Again; it's the way my brain works. Digital clocks since like age 11. Trust me, I put a lot of thought into it. When you're losing 1,000 feet per 6 seconds, it's important to chose your instrumentation wisely. :)

More to your point about the GPS, I'm generally not reading text. I'm looking at a 3D graphical representation of the road, and occasionally an arrow with a number indicating which direction I will turn at what distance. At least for me, it's pretty easy to perceive useful information from it relatively quickly.

As to your other point: you could slow down to the point where you can keep your eyes on the road ...

We're entering circular argument territory here, but I'll re-iterate: When you're legally compelled to operate your vehicle at or below a specific speed, you are obligated to be very aware of the actual speed at which you are operating it. Guesswork isn't acceptable at that point. That means keeping an eye on the speedometer. No, not staring at it. But consulting it periodically. (Apropos to the subject, I usually just glance over at the digital readout on my window-mounted GPS. For me, it's much safer and easier that way.) Personally, I'd far prefer to just be able to operate the vehicle at a reasonable speed and ignore the speedometer, and often that's exactly what I do. But when there's heavy enforcement, I'll comply with their demands, even if it means decreasing my safety margin a little bit by diverting my attention. *shrug*

The point being, there are all sorts of distractions related to operating the vehicle. Navigation (GPS-based or otherwise) is one of them. Dashboard gauges are another. It's just something that must be accepted as a part of driving.

Bottom line is that GPS helps make me safer. Risk trade-off, yes; it's a slight distraction. But it also helps me avoid having to do crazy "oh, crap, I need to turn left here" lane changes by giving me plenty of warning about where I need to be, it keeps me from having to look at a map or try to read my handwriting on a post-it note, and even gives me my vehicle's speed without having to look down at the dash. Relative risk.

I'm going to bed now. :)

about 2 years ago
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NHTSA Suggestion Would Cripple In-Car GPS Displays

Leebert Re:The difference (516 comments)

You can (or at least should) register the number or needle position in a few milliseconds.

Nope. I'm exactly the opposite. For instance, I'm a skydiver who actually switched to a digital altimeter because I would find myself staring at a needle trying to figure out what the pointy thing was telling me about my altitude. Glancing at my altimeter now I see "5.8" and know what it means immediately. Otherwise, I need to scan the face, determine what numbers the needles is near, get a sense of how close it is to the number, etc. etc. It's just the way my brain works.

Also: if you can't avoid unconsciously accelerating while driving through residential neighborhoods, I'd worry about more than speeding tickets. Try learning to drive manual; you end up being much more aware of what your car is doing.

Eh. Two out of 3 of my vehicles are manuals. It's hilly around there, it's tough to maintain a constant speed, and I don't trust my own assessment of my current speed (especially when I switch between a sport bike and an F-250.) I find it humorous the number of folks who have replied to my post essentially telling me that I shouldn't be looking at my speedometer, but instead should just "feel" how fast I'm going. IME that doesn't work so well in court; the judges don't take kindly to the "I didn't THINK I was going that fast" defense. And somehow *I* am the bad driver for not overestimating my ability to maintain at or below a specific speed. *chuckle*

about 2 years ago
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Science Reveals Why Airplane Food Tastes So Bad

Leebert Re:Yeah... except at 35,000ft it's pressurized to (388 comments)

If you use a heat exchanger to warm incoming air with outgoing air,

My understanding is that exactly the opposite happens. Because of adiabatic heating, the air being compressed into an aircraft cabin actually needs to be cooled (it's bled off of compressors for the jet engine). At least, that's what I've been told by a few people.

about 2 years ago

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