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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MrKaos Re:It is all pork barrel politics (307 comments)

China continues with their Long March series of missile, India/Pakistan/Korea expand their arsenals,

Perhaps if America stopped selling them Nuclear Reactors because the plutonium has to come from somewhere.

Russia recently stopped all shipments of processed Uranium from Russia to America for fuel processing, a move that indicates they have no intention of reducing their arsenal. Why would we reduce our arsenal in that situation?

So instead of dealing with one failing nuclear weapons infrastructure we have to deal with two, actually four - on both sides whilst being manipulated by tewworwists who practice asymmetrical warfare to politicians, press and public struggling to deal with the situation. Great from a MAD world to an INSANE one.

We will look back at the 90's and say Clinton should have been impeached for not taking a full disarmament treaty with a case of Kentucky's finest to Yeltsin, whilst offering a pen. The greatest missed opportunity.

yesterday
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

MrKaos Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (263 comments)

"But what about the..." is a never-ending argument between conspiracy theorists and debunkers.

Exactly. It's essentially whack-a-mole but with paranoid and stupid people.

Absolutely! It's obvious that we went to the moon because that is where we met Aliens for the first time!!!

yesterday
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Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

MrKaos Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (263 comments)

"But what about the..." is a never-ending argument between conspiracy theorists and debunkers.

Unfortunately, each one that gets knocked down on its face means it's statistically more likely that the debunkers are right and the theorists wrong. We can go to infinity, but after ten or even 5 assertions wiped out with only basic experimentation, the chances of you having been right in the first place go beyond minuscule.

Unfortunately this is human nature - the desire to not be humiliated when proven wrong. The phenomenon is called "Social Proof" and is, effectively, the evangelization of a particular point of view or assertion in absence of evidence. Social Proof is responsible for many human failures, the Jonestown massacre being one example.

Scientific principle starts with "here's a hypothesis, does it fit the facts?" and goes BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD whenever any element of it is wrong. Conspiracy theorists just keep on pounding ignoring all their previous incorrect assertions until people get bored dealing with them and then "Ah ha! They won't answer!".

The issue with Social Proof is that when presented with evidence contrary to the belief system the beliefs become *more* entrenched. Nvidia's simulation will in fact cause the moon hoaxers to be *more* convinced that the landing were a hoax. Watch for the new "arguments" like finally we know how the pictures were generated in the first place.

In fact the best way to challenge Social Proof is to agree and go deeper than they do. I like pointing out that despite this and that evidence, this study, those artifacts it is a great pity that they are right and that such an achievement is in fact a fake and terrible lie. Letting them experience and explore the depths of their disappointment at being right about the "moon hoax" all along is, I've found, the best way to leave them feeling defeated and deflated. It consumes less of my energy and marvel at such an event while they entertain me at the same time. Planet Xers are also great fun to play with, chemtrailers the list goes on.

Perhaps it's arrogant but it's obvious to me that we went to the moon because that's where the transmission signals came from, "moon hoaxers" can believe what they will and so will I.

yesterday
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

MrKaos Re:Finally someone decides to do something (455 comments)

I agree and am happy to see this fork. As unpopular as it may make me, I actually like the initd functionality of systemd. I'm fine with using and writing the old init scripts, but systemd unit files are simple, concise, and powerful enough for my needs.

I think you've summed up the sentiments of most people who have done testing of systemd vs initd. We're running parallel tests in house and systemd has got some compelling features. Unit files do prevent some of the crappy init files. The binary logging I think is a mistake, however some of the journalctl functionality is pretty good. Anyone comfortable with awk and sed though will probably see this functionality as useful only to reduce the time it takes to parse logs for what you are looking for. The loss of the last binary encoded log data is a big failure though.

On the other hand, I find the kitchen-sink feature creep of systemd absolutely repulsive. Cramming all of that functionality into PID 1 as a unwieldy monolith seems like such a deeply flawed exercise. Uselessd seems like a perfect replacement for systemd: all of the benefits and none/less of the cruft.

systemd could be good if it was a replacement for the rc system only, which in my opinion is pretty broken. I'm still learning if OpenRC fixes this however our tests of systemd internally show it is not yet ready for production systems at all. Our installed version seems to have difficulty with some services as simple as ssh, which are restarted for no apparent reason along with the network services. With this things functioning properly on the parallel system it really highlights how far systemd has to go.

I think the good thing about systemd is it does raise focus on how broken init.d scripts can be. If systemd stopped at unit files it would probably be a resounding success.

2 days ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

MrKaos tenaciousd (455 comments)

Obviously we need Jack Black to come in here and write a song about the epic conflict unfolding here.

2 days ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

MrKaos Re:Finally someone decides to do something (455 comments)

you feel the words "but the kernel..." welling up in your throat, just slap yourself until you start to remember words like "context" ok?

Then context switch between left and right slaps.

2 days ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

MrKaos Re:kill -1 (455 comments)

Why do we need this? I've been in unix for over 20 years and never even heard of kill -1.

Really. I've always used it to force a re-read of inittab, however I've never found it would kill processes. A lot of commands (like ssh for example) support kill -1 and I've always found it really handy.

2 days ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

MrKaos More exploitation of new bands (349 comments)

A new way to fully ass rape bands out of all of their hard work - awesome move from U2 and Apple

4 days ago
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Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

MrKaos Finfisher licenses (165 comments)

Well now we know *what* the NSW Police were spending their money on Finfisher licenses for.

4 days ago
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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

MrKaos Indicators (53 comments)

It is things like this that truely prove humanity is disappearing up it's own asshole.

4 days ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

MrKaos A Union (183 comments)

So does anyone here believe Malaysian IT needs a union to help them?

5 days ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

MrKaos No Opinion (380 comments)

I have no opinion on Torvalds having no opinion on this matter.

5 days ago
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A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

MrKaos DC-10 (112 comments)

What a pity it's early life was marred by accidents - a grand old bird.

5 days ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

MrKaos Apparently the economics of wave power. (195 comments)

OR the conservative Australian government has been busy undermining the investments that fund their R&D. The conservative governments in Australia have a long history of undermining future investments and gear their election promises to the older generation of baby boomers.

They have rapidly turned Australia from leaders in renewable energy to followers.

5 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

MrKaos No (609 comments)

problem

about a week ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

MrKaos Fuck off Comcast (418 comments)

which about sums it up.

about a week ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

MrKaos Re:Nelson Muntz (609 comments)

Samsung did it!

about a week ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

MrKaos Re:So how many Courics is Bono NOW? (609 comments)

A lot more #2 than before.

I think that the new iphone could almost 2 Courics. Which is 2 more Courics than I could give.

about a week ago

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Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Gore Vidal was a significant presence in the American political landscape and though he was often controversial his love of American history was undeniable. A great voice for democracy in it's truest form his often acerbic criticism of the country he undeniably loved stemmed from disappointment watching it's long decline.

This iconic American died yesterday aged 86."

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Google buys Motorola

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "In a move said to "Supercharge the Android ecosystem" Google has bought Motorola for 12.5 Billion. Final approvals are pending but with the patent attacks on Android it will be interesting to see how this pans out."
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Today is Binary

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Like last year, it's a year with binary dates. I missed the binary days in 2010 because I was too busy to pick up on something so insignificant that won't happen for another ninety years. Yesterday is binary and new years day was. I count six more "binary" days throughout the year. Of course there are a whole lot of interesting dates during the first 12 years of the 21st century that have made corny release dates for movies like 02/02/02 and the 03/04/05 but because of the the way months and days are positioned in dates around the world it's only the binary days that happen on the *same* day around the world even if they work out to be a different decimal value. I find it interesting just because of how they are arranged but maybe there are some maths geeks who can actually make it interesting.

If you plan on popping the question to a significant other you might want to do it on 11/11/11 which translates to the ascii character "?""
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Church of Scientology - 'rife with shocking crime'

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An Australian Politician, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, has used parliamentary privilege to launch a scathing attack on the Church of Scientology. Under parliamentary privilege the senator is protected from legal responses from Scientology and has called for and inquiry into the tax free status of 'a cult rife with shocking crime'. Fighting intense pain from recent back surgery the senator joked 'Nurses actually found a spine in a politician' and is also a strong opponent of Internet filtering and censorship. Despite partisan moves to block the inquiry he has called for a vote on the inquiry in February. The Times has a full transcript of the allegations of a Senator who appears to have spent some time exploring COS's activities."
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New Small Quiet Concorde plans

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Designed by Skunkworks and dubbed the QSST by Supersonic Aerospace International a new super sonic passenger liner appear to have made it past the design phase and into the development phase. It's certainly an attractive aircraft with an interesting design said to be 100 times quieter than Concorde and able to fly at speeds of around Mach 1.8 whilst producing less emissions.

If this smaller version can be flown for longer at supersonic speeds over populated areas it may be able to overcome the biggest problems Concorde had, the sonic booms it produced that restricted it's supersonic flight."
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What if Sergey Korolyov had lived?

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "The Space Race that culminated with the Apollo moon landings was driven by the vision of Wernher von Braun on the U.S side and Sergey Korolyov on the Soviet side. Despite both being in the center of a maelstrom of two immense political machines both men were absolutely dedicated to bringing the space age into reality.

Korolyov put Sputnik 1 into orbit and thus began the space race. The Soyuz rocket family and spacecraft, designed and built under his guidance put the first man into space and continues to serve carrying crew and equipment to the International Space Station. His existence was a state secret that was not revealed until his death from cancer in 1966. It was a tragic loss to both sides as he injected vitality into the space race that ultimately meant the U.S could cut-back space spending.

At the time of his death Korolyov was working on a new project N1 moon rocket which was attempting to implement so advanced propulsion concepts. Given the man's drive, charisma and ability there is every chance he would have succeeded, even if the U.S ultimately got to the moon first.

Recent navel gazing in New Scientist about the Apollo program was interesting. But as an impetus, what if Soviet's were able to complete their moon plans and forced the U.S into spending more on space? What would our space programs look like now?"
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Star Trek

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "I just watched the new Star Trek movie and not only was it visually spectacular, the story was woven in a creative way. J.J. Abrams appears to have successfully 'rebooted' the story, leaving scope for new stories in a way Trek fans should appreciate. Abrams really has given viewers a sense of the sheer size of Federation Star Ships from within and blends the technology in a believable way. Characters are explored, where they came from and how they became who they are in a way that builds on the original stories instead of just throwing away story elements that other Star Trek movies have been known to do. There are a few hat tips to the original series, which people unfamiliar with Trek don't have to know to appreciate the movie. You can knitpick if you want to spoil it for yourself but, as someone who has watched Star Trek from when it first aired, I think Abrams has done a fine job. I'll be seeing it again. So get a ticket, leave your expectations at the door, have fun and enjoy Star Trek. Which is what Star Trek is about."
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Star Trek premier gets standing ovation

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Proving that Science Fiction can be great entertainment, J.J. Abrams appears to impressed Star Trek fans at the World premier of "Star Trek", who gave the film a five minute standing ovation at the Opera House in Sydney today. Meanwhile flummoxed fans at the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin, Texas, deceived into thinking they were seeing a special extended version of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, were pleasantly surprised when a disguised Leonard Nimoy greeted them and announced they would be seeing the new film in it's entirety.

ILM's influence on the film is reported as visually stunning and lucky Australian fans are scheduled to see the movie first as it opens a day before the American release."
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2008, 10th Warmest year on record.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Whilst cooler than recent years the World Meteorological Organization has listed 2008 the 10th Warmest year on record since records began and a UK Met Office press release titled Global temperature 2008: Another top-ten year. Just in case this horse hasn't been flogged enough looking back just one year the NOAA listed 2007 a Top Ten Warm Year for U.S. and Globe and Science daily citing (in 2007) Top 11 Warmest Years On Record Have All Been In Last 13 Years. Time to sell the beach side house yet?"
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Mining a wealth of your data

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An interesting new scientist article about reviews a book 'The Numerati' about the extent and state of data mining and provides some interesting insights. From the article

Data is big business for the numerati. US firm Acxiom keeps shopping and lifestyle data on some 200 million Americans. They know how much we paid for our house, what magazines we subscribe to, which books we buy and what vacations we take. The company purchases just about every bit of data about us that can be bought, and then sells selections of it to anyone out to target us in, say, political campaigns.

How do you know who knows and if they need to know what they know? Now where is my tinfoil hat!"

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Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "150 year old American investment banking giant Lehman Brothers has filed for bankruptcy. The bank is so large that it's loss is causing gold prices to go up and several agencies are reporting on it's demise and the effect on financial markets around the world. Meanwhile Alan Greenspan describes the current banking crisis as 'possibly the worst in a century — including the 1929 Wall Street Crash.'

Not exactly news for nerds but pretty hard to ignore."
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Western Digital working on 20,000 rpm drive

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Western digital seems to be preparing itself for the onslaught of SSD drives affecting it's market by developing a 20,000 rpm hard drive. Similar to the Velociraptor line of drives, the new drives seem to be offering lower capacity as a trade off for higher seek and write times. Looks like the battle lines are drawn for a new series of development in the mass storage front."
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Open Source losing ground with charities

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Following recent discussions about Creative Capitalism, Open Source and Charities I found that Open source could do a lot better addressing the needs of charities who do not have the budget to afford the skills of I.T Professionals capable of implementing and maintaining the Open Source solutions that they really need. Is this a job for the various Linux User Groups out there, or is there a better way?

So come on slashdotters, they want our help, they need our help, how can we help?"

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DOJ to oversee Windows 7 Development

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Windows 7 already is being reviewed by U.S. government technical appointees, under the terms of Microsoft's November 2001 Justice Department settlement and final court judgment issued about a year later, a government-sanctioned "Technical Committee" has overseen Windows development. The TC is responsible for ensuring that Microsoft complies with the terms of the final judgment, investigating complaints about Microsoft abuses and regularly reporting on the company's compliance."
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Australia's Music mafIAA finds new targets.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Australia's version of the RIAA, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia's (PPCA) has found a new target for revenue raising, Clubs and Pubs (Public bars) by increasing royalty rates by %1500. Zeropaid http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8904/Music+Royalties+ for+Aussie+Night+Clubs+and+Dance+Parties+Increases +by+1500%25! reports that new royalty models will be based on capacity and not actual attendance, effectively charging clubs for the people who aren't listening to the music. Could be a good thing if the clubs decide to enlist more live bands."

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MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago Pumping carbon into the atmosphere may not be the cause of Global warming, but it's absolute insanity to beleive we can continue to pump millions of tons of carbon into our atmosphere without consequences. Even if you subscribe to the belief that cyclic changes in the sun, or the earths orbital plane, are the causes of global warming, it's irrelavant - because our, and future generations, will still have to deal with global warming. This can only be achieved by having a sustainable energy infrastructure policy. I note that most of the people in that documentary are old enough so that if they are wrong they won't have to deal with the consequences. Global warming is happening, no matter what the cause, dealing with carbon emmisions are the first step. People may try to ignore the science, but it doesn't change the fact that is is happening.

The carbon emissions of industry that generates energy for society illustrates the much larger issue of externalities. Externalities are the waste and by-products of corporations, and they are not legally obliged to factor these into the cost of production of their goods or services. The cost of these externalities are offset to the community, because in theory, the community should have the resources to deal with the externality. Of course this was before we had corporations with economies the size of countries. Externalities can be anything from the toxic chemicals dumped into a river, the destruction of ecosystems, human rights violations from the abuse of cheap labor in third world countries, nuclear waste and of course carbon emissions from coal fired power plants.

Not factoring these externalities into the cost of producing a good or service reduces the cost. This reduction in cost forces the board of a company to take the lowest cost route available because, by law, the corporation is legally obliged to maximise the financial returns to the shareholder. Even if a board of a corporation agrees that it's is an undesirable course of action, morally wrong or clearly unsustainable environmentally, this fatal flaw in the design of a corporations legal structure prevents even the most environmentally aware directors doing what is right by the earth and ultimatley the human race.

Carbon trading is an attempt to put a cost on the energy industries externality (carbon emissions) so that a cost can be factored into energy production that burns coal. This very focused approach allows the issue of changing the law to force corporations to deal with their externalities, to be avoided. I'm not saying not to apply carbon trading, but this is the very layering of regulation that business complains about. The real issue is how much longer can we continue to destroy the very ecosystem that allows the human race to exist all because we allow this glaringly obvious legal flaw to continue.

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MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago I beleive technology is a gift. Thats why I was so interested in computers when I was a kid, and eventually made a living of it. So much to learn, which opens more doors and continues to develop me, I'm constantly amazed, the internet is like a western in cyberspace.

Which brings me to slashdot, innocently I came here thinking this is just a web site where nerdy people talk about nerdy things, but it's more, much more. Over the years I saw it building itself into an insidious massive network of connected human nodes who 'must read slashdot'.

I didn't notice at first, when I started reading in the late nineties, it made an interesting alternative to the newspaper or a magazine, at breakfast, or with a hot beverage. I didn't think it would affect me but soon, it became more noticable, like, you could get by without a coffee or a morning tea, but you would'nt be happy about it.

Then, it happened, the shift was so subtle, like trying to recognise a face you think you know,

'must read slashdot'

Oh, no "I'm addicted" I thought. I never realised how wrong I was, it was far worse than addiction. I start posting, and slowly I realised, "I'm inside a hive mind", but had it seen me? I couldn't look away - not because it was beautiful, more like, looking at a accident in slow motion. But the reality was it is more like some small animal looking at the headlights of a truck, and I'm the small animal. I'd stared too long. I thought "borg", but even the borgs assimilation process seemed quick and merciful compared to the slow roasting over flame I'd seen some nodes recieve on slashdot.

i pray to the great superconciousness it doesn't happen to me....wait.I.was.born.a.

religion not defined

.....

i should get a subscription...resist..arrrrggggghhhhh...

must read slashdot.......nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

we are the slashdot..we.are.the.slashdot

You will be assimilated.i.have.been.assimilated

must read slashdot

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