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Thomas Drake: You're Automatically Suspicious Until Proven Otherwise

MattSausage Re:And meanwhile, in TN... (502 comments)

I would suggest that the 'one unifying factor' in terrorism is their extreme disenfranchisement and hopelessness at changing their situation through legal means. Islam is not a unifying factor for all terrorists.. only Islamic terrorists.

There are non-islamic terrorists who kill people and blow up buildings. And there are peaceful and even feminist Muslims. I'm not sure that their religion really has a meaningful impact on terrorists' thought-processes. It's more of an excuse to commit terrorism against innocent civilians than a cause. They would be terrorists no matter their religion.

about a year ago
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Move Over, Quantum Cryptography: Classical Physics Can Be Unbreakable Too

MattSausage Re:Still breakable (126 comments)

I would upvote if I could. I've had to explain this to several friends over the years.

about 2 years ago
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Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

MattSausage Re:A week? (1004 comments)

I'm sorry, which cable companies give HBO away free? I've never seen this before.

about 2 years ago
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Gaming Clichés That Need To Die

MattSausage Re:So... (416 comments)

Yeah, it should be just like computers! Sure the computers of yesteryear were slow, but at least they were cheap! And complaining about how long it takes to get a computer is stupid. After all, the free market isn't intended to provide better products at cheaper prices! It is, of course, intended to make people who collude together to rig the market as rich as possible! Everyone knows that... you idiots.

about 2 years ago
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30 Blu-ray Discs In a 1.5TB MiniDisc-Like Cassette

MattSausage Re:Sony? (247 comments)

Perhaps I'm completely moronic here, but if I cannot judge a company's products by my past experience with this company's products, what exactly is a good metric to use?

Perhaps I should just buy one of everything and then return all the devices but the one I like best? I'm guessing you buy an eMachines brand PC regularly, or a (insert least favorite car manufacturer) when you go looking for a new car?

Sure, you should read reviews and make a judgement, but if you had two equal reviews, making your decision based on past business practices seems like a perfectly reasonable criteria.

about 2 years ago
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Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired

MattSausage Re:Few to admit it, but a lot of parents teach thi (1208 comments)

I agree wholeheartedly about the prison culture in the U.S. being completely out of whack. There is an interesting talk by Bryan Stevenson where he describes the need to discuss things like this and not just ignore it. There are a lot of personal anecdotes in his TED talk, but the overall point is very similar to yours. Bryan Stevenson at TED

about 2 years ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Outlines a Plan For Saving Earth From Asteroids

MattSausage Re:Saving Earth is good... (241 comments)

I think that's a very succinct and appropriate quote, and I shall use it elsewhere to make myself seem more intelligent. Thank you.

about 2 years ago
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Can $60 Games Survive?

MattSausage Re:HotS (435 comments)

My point was that it was a gamble for him, as he described in several interviews. He funded the entire thing out of his own pocket, from the show, to the DVD, to hiring a couple of guys to do the website and finance side. He didn't have ANY publisher support because they all swore to him that it would be pirated all over the internet and it would lose him a million dollars.

If you think he would be pirated LESS because he is super popular, I think you may not be 100% sure what you're talking about.

He was pirated less because it cost 5 dollars and was downloadable immediately.

more than 2 years ago
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Can $60 Games Survive?

MattSausage Re:HotS (435 comments)

Obviously you and I have rather divergent understandings of the pirate culture. We'll have to agree to disagree on the idea that piracy will not fall dramatically as the price lowers. Give a kid 60 bucks a week for an allowance, and he'll never pirate. People naturally prefer to do things legally if they can. $60 games make that decision harder for a LOT of people.

Now, to your point about lowering the price not being worth fighting piracy, well, I would challenge your idea that if that is, in fact, true, then piracy isn't much of a problem at all. There are upsides to piracy of software of course. Word of mouth advertising being a major one. Piracy is effectively the Black Market of software. And just like the Black Market for so many other things, the legitimate price of a good or service being too high causes that market demand to get satisfied in a different manner. Abortions, Designer Purses, Software. All are cheaper on the black market, and with each you are taking your chance that you'll get ripped off.

more than 2 years ago
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Can $60 Games Survive?

MattSausage Re:HotS (435 comments)

God help me for not going AC with this reply, but here goes: Piracy is a direct result of the cost of digital goods.

If game companies want people to stop pirating their games, lower the price. That is the silver bullet. In general people don't pirate games because they are too lazy to go to the store (or even better, the website) and buy it. The VAST majority of piracy is due to people not seeing the cost/value ratio of that entertainment within acceptable parameters.

Obviously people don't necessary consciously think those things. But if you look at Louis C.K.'s latest gamble with his DVD. Charging a fair (or beyond fair) price makes piracy almost completely disappear. Louis made money hand over fist, and piracy was almost non-existent.

$60 dollar games cause piracy. It is that simple.

more than 2 years ago
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Cheap Solar Panels Made With An Ion Cannon

MattSausage Re:FIre the Ion Cannon (395 comments)

Even better. Now you can slice them up into 20 micron thin sheets!

more than 2 years ago
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Next-gen Game Controllers Tug At Thumb Tips

MattSausage Re:Bah (77 comments)

They weren't popular because they radically unbalanced most games in favor of the KB and Mouse players. Basically it became a 'pay for results' sort of thing. Apparently in testing a few games in the last console generation in order to make the games even slightly competitive between the two options, auto-aim had to be turned up to an unacceptable degree for the joystick players.

more than 2 years ago
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Eric Schmidt: UN Treaty a 'Disaster' For the Internet

MattSausage Re:psot frist (346 comments)

I'm sorry, but are you completely insane. We may be the country that introduced SOPA, but we are also the country that, through massive public outcry shot it down. Care to mention how the UN would be in any way, shape, or form MORE beholden to the public than the US goverment?

Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of problems with the US government, but the rise and swift demise of SOPA is one of the great success stories of public vs private good.

more than 2 years ago
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Active Video Games Don't Make Kids Exercise More

MattSausage Re:Same as school exercise (304 comments)

Short of cooking up cinnamon rolls every day for breakfast and frying bologna in Crisco for lunch, then melting velveeta with bacon over nachos for dinner every single day. I'm pretty sure you would have to work pretty damn hard to match the fat/carb/calorie content per ounce of food at home as you get with chicken mcnuggets or cereal or pizza.

more than 2 years ago
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New Exoplanet Is Best Yet Candidate For Supporting Life

MattSausage Re:22 light years (288 comments)

Fair enough everyone. I don't see why we don't just come up with inertialess drives, and instantly accelerate to the speed of light like they do in Star Trek/Wars. That would be pretty cool.

more than 2 years ago
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New Exoplanet Is Best Yet Candidate For Supporting Life

MattSausage Re:22 light years (288 comments)

Actually, if you were accelerating toward the planet at a constant rate, despite what Ender may have suggested, the destination planet would be up.

more than 2 years ago
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Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post

MattSausage Re:abortion is legitimate question (907 comments)

Ummm.. I would imagine the same amount of biomass in stinkbugs as in one human would require roughly the same air, water, and food intake. Perhaps a bit less since they are different kingdoms. But if we take animal kingdom biomass, and compared an equal amount of human mass, and I dunno, ferret biomass, they would use pretty much equal resources to sustain themselves.

If you are suggesting that humans are worse for the planet due to their technology, who can disagree with that? But to say you don't compete with resources with stinkbugs and daffodils is mistaken.

Of course you compete for the same resources... it's just that you always win.

more than 2 years ago
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Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post

MattSausage Re:abortion is legitimate question (907 comments)

"...no need to increase the human biomass."

First, that's a funny way of putting it. After all if you are describing things in biomass terms, how is human biomass any worse than stinkbug or daffodil biomass?

Secondly, I agree that without a good reason to curtail a right, the right should not be curtailed.

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: "Blue Sky" I.T. Projects?

MattSausage MattSausage writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MattSausage writes "We have a rather sudden "Blue Sky" meeting of the I.T. department later this afternoon. Basically the idea is that we suggest ANY idea that might be useful, cost is not a factor, feasibility is not a factor. Obviously I realize Slashdot can't come up with ideas tailored specifically to my workplace, but I'm interested in some new or particularly exciting ideas that will either help I.T. do what we do, or that will help the users do their jobs using technology. I work for a local water/electric utility if that helps with any ideas.

I'm just interested in ideas, thought of no better place to go than /."
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Which Certifications are the best/most marketable?

MattSausage MattSausage writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MattSausage writes "As an I.T. Supervisor in a distribution center for ten years I was responsible for everything from purchase and setup of various servers, to AS400 systems, from network switches to phone switches, not to mention the help desk was also my territory. I do have a bachelor's in CS, and plenty of experience, but finding myself back on the job market I only now realize I haven't gotten around to getting any certifications. So now I am working to get certified in various programs related to I.T. My question is which ones have the Slashdot community found to be the most desirable? Are Cisco Certifications the way to go? MSCE? Others? I really am in the dark as I basically had my previous job straight out of college and never really examined the need for Certifications before. If it is related to the Information Technology field I'm interested."

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