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The Problems With Drug Testing

LordLimecat Re:Er, that's a bit confusing (160 comments)

From a humanitarian perspective, the quandary is "Do we want to allow the weakest among us to make decisions they are unqualified to properly weigh?"

Alternatively we could choose not to treat them like a helpless puppy or small child and accept that their decisions are as valid as yours and mine.

Honestly judging someone's qualifications to make decisions based on their financial state is pretty condescending.

yesterday
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

LordLimecat Re:Black Hats shoot themselves in the foot. (82 comments)

So your rationale for accusing the NSA of something is "They do other bad stuff, clearly they do this as well?"

yesterday
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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

LordLimecat Re:I'd like to believe weakness are temporary... (82 comments)

There is nothing in a packet's headers that will indicate what route it took to get somewhere, no matter what sort of analysis you apply to it. The only 3 clues you have are the TTL, the source MAC address, and the source IP address.

yesterday
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

LordLimecat Re:TCO (153 comments)

Changing workstations is a huge change, but at least you're not tossing the infrastructure.

Tossing both the enduser side AND the infrastructure side all at once is a surefire recipe for disaster, pissed off end users, and IT staffing changes.

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

LordLimecat Re:Sorry to tell you... (540 comments)

Noone except a kickstarter is trying to copy it. I was a blackberry holdout too, but the keyboard just isnt worth all the stuff you have to give up to get it.

Im now on a Nexus 5 and theres no looking back. If I really need to compose an email, Swiftkey or voice dictation both fill in that gap adequately. I did my spring semester notes on the Nexus and while it wasnt QUITE as nice as the blackberry, I can still "touch-type" with ~80% accuracy, and the prediction fills in the rest.

There are a lot of areas where its better, too, like having actual directional keys to position the cursor (something that blackberry lacked).

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

LordLimecat Re:Sorry to tell you... (540 comments)

Have you seen Blackberry's numbers lately? Or really, their lack thereof...

3 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

LordLimecat Re:Sorry to tell you... (540 comments)

They dont see a market because there isnt one. If you want a keyboard, theres always blackberry-- but I guess we see how theyre doing, huh?

3 days ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

LordLimecat Re:TCO (153 comments)

You wanna be the person to tell the guy in charge of Payroll "you need to redo about 3 months worth of work because I have an ideological hangup about proprietary software"? Have fun with that.

3 days ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

LordLimecat Re:Total Cost of being Owned (153 comments)

Maybe.

Im just saying that sometimes the right answer is "yea, I guess you do need (/want) Office", rather than "I will make LibreOffice work or die trying".

3 days ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

LordLimecat Re: TCO (153 comments)

If the customer hates it, you arent doing them any favors. Try a 2-3 month trial, if it turns out they hate it and / or have installed office on the sly (I've seen this), give it up and accept that Office is worth the licensing cost to them.

This isnt an ideological fight, its the real world where the goal is to produce things, not prove a point.

3 days ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

LordLimecat Re: TCO (153 comments)

It sounds indeed like you're hearing, but not listening.

You are there to facilitate the customer's needs, not vice versa.

3 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

LordLimecat Re:don't have money to waste (114 comments)

Thats debatable. I'd argue removing personal responsibility for lifestyle choices and giving society a say in them weakens America.

4 days ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

LordLimecat Re:TCO (153 comments)

I agreed with everything until here:

And the savings are clear and obvious, as more and more locations are finding.

This reeks of "Linux is the hammer for every problem" thinking. What if they require Quickbooks server? What if they have tried alternatives, but indicate that they need Microsoft Publisher, or Excel? I have heard all three of these before, and they make me hesitate to say "screw what you think you need, we're changing everything because FOSS!"

Sometimes its feasible. Sometimes you're just creating headaches and big sunk costs of conversion for no real reason.

4 days ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

LordLimecat Re:Advantages? (146 comments)

It is true because without a NAT rule or a dynamic mapping, the router will discard the packet 100% of the time. There is nothing you can do that will convince a router to pass a packet onto a NAT'd computer that has not already initiated a connection.

like install software that (innocently or not) leaves the host exposed behind the NAT, the NAT might as well not be there.

The same is practically true of 99% of consumer firewalls out there, which allow outbound connections and return traffic.

5 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

LordLimecat Re: barrier to entry (168 comments)

And you could... but how will anyone find out you exist, and once they do, how will you convince them to buy from your site?

Google adwords, google checkout. Or Yahoo stores, if you prefer.

The problems youre proposing dont exist. And for the record, amazons prices tend to be higher, because they build the shipping cost into the item cost.

5 days ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

LordLimecat Re:I also measure distance (190 comments)

Except that they dont list what material they are talking about, and anyone who has done 5 minutes of research know that units like the Sievert and the Gray are far more useful when talking about human exposure, because they compensate for the different sorts of radiation and their effects.

Saying "1 curie" doesnt tell you much if you dont know what its 1 curies worth of, or how much total matieral we're talking about.

5 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

LordLimecat Re:Just until the news cycle moves on... (271 comments)

So in other words, its a non issue, but we should get pissed off over a non issue just so that when it hypothetically becomes a real issue we will have already expressed the correct amount of outrage?

Im not clear how this works.

5 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

LordLimecat Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

It sounds like theyre saying this is only on cell towers under high demand: That means it is literally impossible to fulfill requests from all connected subscribers at full time. In that case, QoS is the correct thing to do.

5 days ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

LordLimecat Re:I also measure distance (190 comments)

No, thats not what theyre saying:
On Wednesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company presented the Nuclear Regulation Authority with an estimate that the removal work discharged 280 billion becquerels per hour of radioactive substances, or a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels.
Theyre treating Bq as if its a quantity of radiation. They dont know what theyre talking about. They multiplied 280 billion by 4, and ended up with 1.12 trillion-- which isnt how rates work.

about a week ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

LordLimecat Re:... and that's not much. (190 comments)

There are two types of comments in this thread.

  * Comments by people providing definitions for what a Bq is, talking about equivalent measures, giving conversion forumulas, and providing hard facts; generally these are saying that the number is either irrelevant, and / or not really that big.

  * Comments by people who are being quite vague, and warning of various undefined threats to various undefined organs because of how big the number is.

Which type of comment do you find more credible?

about a week ago

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