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Putin To Discuss Plans For Disconnecting Russia From the Internet

Narcocide Go ahead, turn it off! See if I care! (240 comments)

While I'd love to imagine the hilarity that would ensue if Russia were to attempt to completely disconnect the internet in order to run their own entirely isolated private one, I doubt this is in reality what would happen. Even if they managed to keep most or all of their population from getting traffic from international social/news networks in, I have the sneaking suspicion that somehow the SPAM would still find its way out.

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

Narcocide Shocked, I say! Simply shocked! (183 comments)

Lack of regulation and oversight breeds rampant victimization of the labor force?!

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

Narcocide Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

Isn't that the GOAL of Capitalism??

Only if you ask a Republican.

5 days ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Narcocide For real? (106 comments)

Maybe next they could invent an artificial organ that would make me less angry.

about a week ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Narcocide Re:I'm not surprised (89 comments)

To be fair, you do partially have a point there; the official Canon printer drivers certainly support more of their own printers than CUPS does. I can tell you that without even looking at Canon's official driver install. However, the total amount of printers supported by CUPS, since it includes a sampling of most major manufacturer's printers (and all of the features of most of said printers) utterly dwarves what any one manufacturer supports currently in their own drivers in Windows. Yes, the average age of the list doesn't necessarily include as many printers released THIS YEAR (another partial point to your statement) but it also doesn't exclude printers that used to work simply because they're old enough that Canon wants you to buy a new one so they simply merged out support. What you're getting in that 17MB (probably less than 10MB really, for normal users - my installation case is an exception because I use multi-arch and compile a lot of packages on my own) is basic or complete support for a broad cross section of printers going back for more than a decade, not just the most recent offerings of one manufacturer's last 2 years of flagship products. Note this figure also includes the documentation.

But that doesn't really mean Canon's software is in and of itself bloated and horrible necessarily. If I had to bet on it, my guess would be that 28MB of the 30MB used by the Canon driver install is a hidden video of the developers eating birthday cake.

about a week ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Narcocide Re:Here's what'll happen. (131 comments)

You forgot the part where they'll also come up with a lame, poorly-concocted excuse to bill the customer extra for it anyway, and get away with it.

about a week ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Narcocide Re:I'm not surprised (89 comments)

Well I too have a bunch of optional stuff that objectively speaking, I REALLY don't need, like bluetooth support (not to mention all the extra drivers and the development headers for compiling stuff, and a bunch of filters packages that I don't even know what they're for, in both 64-bit and 32-bit format due to compiling multi-arch stuff on this system) but I'm still sitting on a total install base of a bit less than 17MB. If Canon actually needs 30MB just for their own drivers and presumably the printing system itself is part of the Windows kernel, I think something is REALLY REALLY wrong.

about a week ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

Narcocide Re:I'm not surprised (89 comments)

Before you just sign off and assume that 30MB is a completely acceptable install size for a single printer driver or a single group of drivers from a single printer manufacturer simply because HP somehow manages to waste a whole order of magnitude more space, compare that to the installed size of the Linux CUPS printing subsystem and its ENTIRE DRIVER SET FOR ALL SUPPORTED DEVICES.

about a week ago
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Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

Narcocide Not a huge surprise to me. (269 comments)

My parents are both dumber than dirt but I'm way smarter than them.

about two weeks ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Narcocide Re:Batteries? Seriously? (488 comments)

More like people 20-50 who work somewhere there is a job requirement to adhere to a dress code that isn't safe/legal to bike in and not be gross and sweaty upon arrival every morning, lest they be sent home/fired. Usually these companies provide assigned/designated parking too, invalidating your second point. Not everyone in the world who drives a car to work is an overweight night shift Janitor at McDonald's, despite what you may think.

about two weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

Narcocide Re:Anti-Trust (152 comments)

Microsoft made a solid business for many years simply from tricking morons into thinking that being a smart, savvy computer user just requires spending enough money on the software. Their power is visibly waning, but won't evaporate any time soon.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Narcocide Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (355 comments)

Yea, but that's pretty standard these days, as is the "You're not allowed to publish bad things about us, or say them in public." clause.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Narcocide Re:What are you downloading? (355 comments)

Yea that's fair. I omitted "automatic Windows updates" too, but you can stuff a lot under the bucket of #8.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Narcocide Re:What are you downloading? (355 comments)

Its a limit really easy to hit if you do 3 or more of the following things:

1) run Steam on multiple systems and own lots of games that are all currently installed, and keep them constantly updated
2) run Linux distros such as Debian Unstable (sid) on multiple systems and don't use a apt-cacher type proxy, but keep them constantly updated
3) frequently use Netflix streaming
4) frequently use DirecTV OnDemand services
5) own any relatively recent gaming console (ps3, ps4, wii-u, xbox360, xboxone) and own a lot of games and keep it constantly updated
6) listen to streaming music all day long
7) have more than one recent Blizzard game installed (Diablo III, Starcraft II, World of Warcraft) and keep them constantly updated, especially around expansion release times
8) have a home office

about a month ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Narcocide Re:Monopolistic thuggish behavior (341 comments)

Unlikely. Price out your cable bill compared to your water or gas bill.

about a month ago
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Project Zero Exploits 'Unexploitable' Glibc Bug

Narcocide Re:Honestly, when will people learn? (98 comments)

This is seriously shit your CS 100 or 200-level teacher SHOULD have taught you, if you got a CS degree. I think it may depend largely upon where/when you got your degree though. They're only all the same on paper.

about a month ago

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