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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

LurkNoMore Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

Honest question, where does it say that Scat and Eagle are Chinese made?

about 7 months ago

How Dumb Policies Scare Tech Giants Away From Federal Projects

LurkNoMore Re:Why not have an in House IT for the work? (143 comments)

Because there are probably tens of thousands of units or departments that need IT in DoD.

I just got word that a project I worked on needed an Excel file loaded into SharePoint. But the file contents were large and the file size was 100+ MB and could not be loaded into SharePoint because of some obscure restriction. So what did the project manager do? With several programmers and tech support personnel at their disposal they came up with the great idea to pay a temp person $200 to split the file into files of manageable, uploadable sizes.

Now, I'm just going to imagine that because you're commenting on /. you, like me, could do that job in 15 minutes. Now multiple a whole career of bad decisions--tasks that effectively cost $800/hr--and you can understand why it's so expensive. People that can't find their own ass with both hands and a map are making IT decisions. That's a common enough theme in the private sector too but it is impossible to fire a government worker.

about 9 months ago

Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

LurkNoMore Re:That's an awful lot of certainty... (869 comments)

Yeah, that's the part that astounds me. Has mankind used the Earth in news ways and introduced processes or stresses that are not part of the normal geologic process? Yes. But 500 years, in geologic terms, isn't even a rounding error. Unless the world is in fact 6000 year old. Sure we should be taking better care of the Earth. Sure there's plenty of avoidable waste. But for the umpteenth time, correlation != causation. If that were the case, maybe it isn't cars that cause global warming, maybe it's telephones? Or penicillin? Or books? Or guns? Could mankind be contributing to global warming? Potentially, based on our current understanding of global warming. But we need another Earth and 4.3 billion years to make a second data point.

about 9 months ago

SteamOS Will Be Available For Download On December 13

LurkNoMore Re:Desktop Linux! (211 comments)

Heh... There's levels of "intrepid Linux hacker"

Hell yes. I have an old laptop that connects to WiFi over the an Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 802.11bg AND print to a printer. When I looked in the mirror the next morning I had a full neckbeard.

about a year ago

Car Hackers Mess With Speedometers, Odometers, Alarms and Locks

LurkNoMore Re:nothing ot see, move on (159 comments)

all they could do with the brakes is turn off and on any "skid control" systems, the brake system on cars is STILL a mechanical/hydrochloric system , link from steering wheel to steering rack is not fly by wire in the EU, and cars still have "butterfly" valves for air intake, that is linked to pedal postion .. via mechanical cable

Wow, the EU must be a pretty backward place. From a performance stand point, I know when they unveiled the new 2005 Mustangs in America a lot of people griped that the throttle is electronically controlled, there is no direct linkage. Not to mention, luxury brands like Lexus, Range Rover, etc all use electronic throttle control. Hell, do you remember all of the "unexplained" acceleration problems that Toyota had? It was because of electronic throttle control. PS, they lost the lawsuit that dealt with a 2005 Camry.

about a year ago

Ed Felten: Why Email Services Should Be Court-Order Resistant

LurkNoMore Re:Life, Liberty, or Property? (183 comments)

What next? Complaining about hidden compartment in desks?

I was thinking that the court can just order all paper to be made un-burnable. Because what's to stop me from writing a juicy secret on a piece of paper, handing it to you and when you're done reading it, you burn it? Sounds like either candles should be outlawed or loose leaf paper should be made out of asbestos and kevlar.

about a year ago

Atari Facing $291 Million Debt Claim From... Atari

LurkNoMore Re:Master of Orion, please (121 comments)

If they only made the in game ship combat control better and changed nothing else in MoO2, I would be happy to send them $50.

about a year and a half ago

Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is OK To Fight Terrorism

LurkNoMore Re:Bull Shit! (584 comments)

The problem is that the survey doesn't matter what level of privacy invasion is acceptable. "Some" invasion is okay. That means a lot to different people. Phone calls, internet monitoring, GPS tracking, car license plate readers and even grocery store receipts all count as privacy invasion but I'm betting more people get pissed at internet monitoring than grocery store receipt data mining. Of course, I would like to know how many terrorisms have been identified and prevented by any of the privacy invasions. Ultimately though I have to give a well thought out "Fuck you" to anyone that wants to start or continue privacy invasions for safety anyway.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?

LurkNoMore What about unsolicited traffic? (562 comments)

What about all the bandwidth you didn't ask to use? Think port knocking, SSH brute force, etc that your router may not be relaying to your home network. It still passes your modem so ATT is counting it as traffic.

more than 2 years ago


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