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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

LessThanObvious Last studio on the bandwagon... (186 comments)

Well, throw enough shit at the wall and something is bound to stick. If they need any more movie ideas here's a few.

"Slightly better than average guy"
"Stick figure man"
"Powdered Toast Man"
"Turd sandwich vs. Giant Douche"
"Harry Potter and the Raiders of the Lost Ark"
And "Didn't quite do it Justice League"

3 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

LessThanObvious Re:To quote TBBT (186 comments)

Raj Koothrapali: Dude, nobody wants to be Aquaman.

3 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

LessThanObvious Dude, you're becoming a monster. (280 comments)

FBI / NSA: Dude, you're becoming a monster.

Citizen: You made me this way...

All encryption does is protect the individual from self incrimination and prevent them from using illegally captured traffic and metadata to do parallel construction a.k.a. lying about the source of evidence.

3 days ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

LessThanObvious Re:That's ok since... (105 comments)

That's one of the best reasons to curtail the spying and hacking as sponsored by the state. How can we tell the Chinese to cut it out if we do the same to them? The difference between our spying that isn't driven by corporate intellectual property theft and theirs that often is driven by that kind of theft is lost in the noise when you actually want to claim the moral high ground in trade talks. One guilty party will not have much luck shaming another.

3 days ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

LessThanObvious Re:Missing option (214 comments)

That's possible, but it depends partly on whether we can find 10-20 qualified astronauts and scientists willing to die for science. Since they won't be coming home it's kind of a big commitment. Terra forming is an impossible joke and we should not waste our money trying or even researching the possibility.

4 days ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

LessThanObvious Re:Judging by salary and the "supply vs demand" lo (212 comments)

C-Level execs pay isn't about supply of MBAs. It's about supply of MBAs that are deemed worthy of entry into the elitist clubhouse. There just aren't that many people with an IQ over 160 who don't have any opinions that would be too dangerous for someone in power.

4 days ago
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Microsoft, Facebook Declare European Kids Clueless About Coding, Too

LessThanObvious Re:Fucking liars (212 comments)

True. I'd also say that having very high wages is the only way to grow the talent pool either in the U.S. or Europe. Not everybody just loves to code. Many will spend the time investment only if the payoff is there in the end. I wouldn't be in tech if someone hadn't made it clear to me in the 90's that if I got an IT certification there would be no problem getting paid once the effort was put forth. If they think I'll ever do the job for cheap, then fine, I'll never touch another keyboard.

4 days ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

LessThanObvious Re:So... (246 comments)

Exactly. Companies pay top dollar for engineers in part because you are expected to put work first. Either you are putting in long days to complete a project, a software release or you are on call for support 24/7 in addition to the constant requirement to continue learning. This is the nature of the business and for women to be equal they have to tolerate the same horrific shit everyone else has to deal with. I could buy the argument that it isn't reasonable to expect everyone to want to do that, but as it stands we don't have places in the system for less than full time, fully committed workers. This egg storage business is an interesting experiment, but I'm not sure how healthy and wise it is to work a stressful job until you are 35 or 40 and then try to conceive.

4 days ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

LessThanObvious Re:How about a "Surgeon General" (279 comments)

Guns are not a "health hazard" and gun policy is so far outside the scope of what the Surgeon General should be concerned with it's laughable, or it would be laughable there weren't so many idiotic threats to our 2nd amendment rights.

5 days ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

LessThanObvious Re:20 years there was no index (144 comments)

I absolutely agree that it's better that things should be forgotten in many cases for many reasons. I do wonder if the search engine is entirely the right place to do the forgetting. Search engines typically index content because it exists. Does right to be forgotten also give a right to have content taken down? I mean can the website serving the content that is to be forgotten be issued a take down notice through any reasonable process? Just because Google forgets it doesn't mean other search engines follow suit. I just have to think that if the sites actually serving the content continue to keep it online then eventually it will, again find it's way into public view.

about a week ago
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Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

LessThanObvious Sometime what works, works (155 comments)

I'll take a good dial caliper over the cheap digital ones I've had. Its so rare I actually need that tool, the digital one I have always has a dead battery by the time I get around to using it again. Same goes for my tire pressure gauge, the $35 solid brass analog one I have is fantastic and I'll bet good money it'll last a lifetime and doesn't need batteries. Sometimes it good on a voltmeter too, it's hard to get a reading on digital if the value is fluctuating.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015

LessThanObvious Re:Pay me once, shame on me. (106 comments)

So Amazon's pickers tried to force them to pay a livable wage and now Amazon wants to replace them with robots. Maybe we need to have some kind of legislation so make it so the number of people a company employs (domestically) and the average workers salary are matched up to their revenues. I say revenues, because profit is easier to manipulate. If they cross into the evil parasite quadrant then they get penalized, if they end up in the highly beneficial to society quadrant they get rewarded. Dollars and cents are the only language spoken by the machinery of greed.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

LessThanObvious Re:Come on, Elon, quit fooling around. (283 comments)

Anyone have data on global lithium supply? It's cheap now, but I have to wonder, if we started making millions of electric vehicles would the supply be there to sustain it for years to come at a reasonable price.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

LessThanObvious Re:Awesome (283 comments)

A professional software engineer with experience in California will make $130,000 per year or more, but mortgage, property taxes, etc.. for a "starter" home here near tech businesses will run $4000+ per month with 120K down. We have two solid earners in my household and still if I bought a $70,000 car I'd be living off water and Bisquick. Instead I drive a $12K used car with no loan on it and enjoy my life. Any less than $50K per year here and you won't survive without roommates. Competition for resources always ensures that it's never easy to actually get ahead. I do suspect many engineers in other areas are significantly undervalued. In an area that doesn't have bat shit crazy real estate, I hope they still pay engineers $65-85K, if not, your talents are being squandered.

about two weeks ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

LessThanObvious Re:Bull (94 comments)

Thanks for post the actual legal info. It seems in this case their denial follows the have an "unreasonable impact on other individualsâ(TM) privacy" as the data currently exists. He'd have to test it through courts to see if they are obligated to provide a means to reformat of redact data that violates that protection.

about two weeks ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

LessThanObvious Re:It's okay when I do it... (428 comments)

I support net neutrality without question at the ISP level, but someone operating a free public WiFi hotspot has no obligation to allow all services equally unless the WiFi hotspot is funded by the public. If they charge for access then they should be network neutral or at most rate limit or limit concurrent connection count. If I'm paying the bill for internet service to my home, wireless device or business on the other hand no one has any business messing with my traffic in any way shape or form. I also disagree with any ISP banning "servers" in their ToS. It shouldn't matter which way the traffic is going if I pay for it.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

LessThanObvious Re:Humans Need Not Apply (236 comments)

That video "Humans Need Not Apply" is very well done, but I actually fear a lot of this is going to head toward self fulfilling prophecy. The people will shrug their shoulders and let it all happen because we were told that's what is going to happen. Business will try harder and harder to automate and eliminate jobs because that's what they were told they had to do to compete in the future. We have infinite choices. People can speak up and help shape the world to come. Business can be responsible and consider the benefits to society of employing actual human beings. All the robots and technology it takes to automate is expensive and robots don't buy things. We can maintain a balance. If we eliminate some jobs that people aren't required to do we can also create other jobs where people do offer value. If we have excess labor capacity we can take on large public projects and build things that will serve society for generations. All that is required is that the people demand more sensible long term vision and planning and that businesses act as though they depend on people having earning power so that they have the resources to buy products and services. Society does not need to let the fears of automation become a prophetic self-fulfilling nightmare and a race to the bottom to create everything cheaper and more efficient.

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

LessThanObvious Re:grow your own (236 comments)

If it's 86 families then Aerosmith's advice to "Eat The Rich" sounds rather possible. I do think there is much to fear and that is good as fear may snap the population out of the mindless subservience to the rich that we have been muddling through. I feel that we as a people are creative enough that a better alternative to such suffering as you describe is possible despite my belief that the nobody has to work anymore fantasy isn't going to happen. If that is what society believes then the suffering you foretell could be a reality. If robots do everything then the spoils will go to the owners of the robots. It can't work that way though and even for the rich it wouldn't be good. Even the rich need the less rich or there won't be places to shop everywhere, there won't be golf courses everywhere. If it was all super rich and super poor the rich would have to stay behind their gates all the time. I would think that even for the rich having vibrant thriving cities, art museums, entertainment etc.. would be vastly preferable to crime and suffering in the streets and only the walled gardens as sanctuary. Look at the Chinese. I doubt their political elite care at all about the people, but yet they fear very much pushing the people too far or letting the economy decline. They depend on the great firewall to keep the people from becoming too aware of any truth that might be too upsetting. No man has ever been too rich to meet his end with his head on a pike.

about two weeks ago
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A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

LessThanObvious Re:Suspension of Disbelief (191 comments)

Yeah, I can only say to him. Well done - Sir. Hollywood could use a taste of that after the hacker themed swill we've seen like "Swordfish" and "The Net". Fun stories perhaps, but written by people with zero subject matter comprehension.

about two weeks ago

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Ask SlashDot: What should the NSA be able to do without a warrant?

LessThanObvious LessThanObvious writes  |  about 3 months ago

LessThanObvious (3671949) writes "We have a general consensus in the U.S. and abroad that says the NSA has overstepped their boundaries in data collection and surveillance. The costs to liberty, free speech, privacy rights as well as economic and foreign policy costs outlined in the New America Open Technology Institute July 2014 Policy Paper — "Surveillance Costs" have been broadly discussed. It seems now that there is enough political inertia post Snowden and enough economic incentive to make changes to protect U.S. competitive position and international trust relationships for real change to come about. It is also pretty much a given that an organization like the NSA with a multibillion dollar budget is not going to simply dry up and blow away.

In a world where we are trying to defend our nation and others around the globe from highly sophisticated cyber-crime, cyber-attack and serious terror threats at home and abroad, it does seem that the NSA and other agencies have a legitimate role to play. Let's imagine a world where the NSA and other agencies rewrite the rules of when and where information could be collected, allowing for adequate transparency and protections for U.S. and foreign individuals rights. How can we find the needle in a stack of haystacks if they are no longer permitted to disturb the haystack?

Now under those circumstances what should the NSA be allowed to do without a warrant?"

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