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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Nemyst Re:misleading (68 comments)

Except that's not what the summary's saying. TFS says that police agencies are distributing and/or promoting an insecure and not particularly useful piece of software to parents under the guise of "protecting their children". I'm sorry but the police's job isn't to be doing software advocacy, and it especially isn't to promote a specific piece of commercial software, let alone actually buying it for other people without them requesting it. That it's bad at its job and can compromise personal information is just icing on the cake.

9 hours ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Nemyst Re:Note: Theologians (480 comments)

Actually, Westboro's first reaction would probably be: "Can we sue them?"

yesterday
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Nemyst Re:This is a defense of iPhone 6? (302 comments)

LG and Samsung have solved it... by using plastic. Both the Note 3 and the G3 have plastic frames and backs, which, while not as pretty or nice to the touch, are a lot more elastic and have much better shape memory than metal. That's also why HTC's One M8 didn't recover that well from the tests. The problem's not that they bend (it's much better to bend than to snap), it's that they don't recover their shape once the force is removed.

The test appears to be somewhat faulty though due to the location of the pressure. You can see it on their iPhone 6 Plus image, where the bending is almost curved and covers the entire midsection of the phone. This is due to their machine only applying pressure on a small area in the middle of the phone, thus against a stronger point of the phone. Shifting the pressure point towards the volume rockers likely would diminish the force required even further. Comparatively, the iPhone 6's and HTC One's buttons end closer to the middle of the phone, and so are more affected by the chosen pressure point.

I'd really like to see a multipoint test where pressure is applied to different points on the phone, especially near the volume rocker.

4 days ago
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Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

Nemyst Re:Who the hell is Humma Kavula? (39 comments)

According to Wikipedia, the character was specifically written by Adams for the movie. It did not appear in the books at all.

4 days ago
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My toy collection is ...

Nemyst Re:Early Star Wars LEGO (206 comments)

I missed the Collector's Millennium Falcon, but grabbed the Collector's Super Star Destroyer. That thing is adorning one of my desks as a permanent fixture, and it looks amazing. You really can't beat LEGOs for "toys" that still look great as an adult.

4 days ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Nemyst Re:China has a government that adapts to changes (260 comments)

That way isn't ideal though because it's very reactionary. China does something when it's already feeling the effects of its mistakes or oversights, at which point correcting for them might be a lot more expensive or difficult, if not entirely impossible. They've already heavily polluted many areas and don't seem in much of a hurry to fix them because the people being affected aren't important enough economically. When the problems reach economic centers, they'll be vastly harder to fix.

about a week ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Nemyst Re:Think about the children (260 comments)

And what I don't like about your response is that it can be summarized into one single word: selfishness. It should always be our goal to leave the planet in as good or better a place as it was when we came around, so that future generations (which is colloquially called "our children", if pedantry is a problem) aren't shafted. Imagine if instead of being born now, you were born in a hundred years with your ancestors giving no fucks about climate and environment. Would you enjoy the weather and the wasteland? No?

about a week ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Nemyst Re:Funny (260 comments)

Fun fact: country-level emissions can be misleading. I was curious to see the distribution of per capita emissions in Canada by province and there's a kicker: Alberta and Saskatchewan produce between 3x and 6x the CO2e emissions of every other province. The lowest province is at 10 CO2e versus 69.7 for Saskatchewan. Also note that CO2e is a much more representative metric, since it includes other greenhouse gases and their equivalent impact, and which places Europe at around 10 (see the Wikipedia page on the subject, though those are a few years old and so China's value may be inaccurate).

about a week ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

Nemyst Re:The pot calling the kettle black (260 comments)

China is pushing hard because if they don't they're going to have massive health issues. That Paris smog problem that required the city to stop most traffic for a few days? It's a daily occurrence in China. They've got so much smog you could mistake it for clouds. Weeks can go by with a thick layer of the thing.

So yes, they're going faster, but they've also got a lot more ground to cover and a lot more errors to fix.

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Nemyst Re:Typical Engineering mistake (421 comments)

1) To avoid the flexing issue?...
2) Yes, which is why moving them to the smaller, much less likely to bend side of the phone would've solved the problem...

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Nemyst Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

The guy who made the video linked in TFS made another video of the Note 3, which is of a similar size as the 6+, and not only did he had to push much more strongly, he didn't manage to get it bent.

Now, that's anecdotal evidence, but your list is entirely pointless. Sure, phones will bend if you push hard enough. Tablets would too, and freaking laptops if you put your heart to it. The point here is that none of those other phones, including previous generation iPhones, have had a lot of claims of them bending. They're less likely to bend, largely due to different materials and especially different thickness. That's where I think the problem lies: stop making phones so fucking thin. Give us more battery instead or something.

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Nemyst Re:The WHO (478 comments)

My biggest problem is that 75 is such an arbitrary number. If he lived a few hundred years ago, his answer would've probably been closer to 50. Is anyone seriously thinking that 50 is too old these days? For someone in their twenties or thirties or even fifties, saying that is a bit inane, because there's a pretty high likelihood that medicine will have advanced in the meantime. Most of his justifications come from studies that say that now, something happens. But what of then? Perhaps we'll have solved it. Heck, I frankly don't see anything inherent in aging that means we wouldn't be able to completely reverse the effects of aging in the future. Societal issues would be much larger than medicinal ones there.

about two weeks ago
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Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

Nemyst Re:What a question? (122 comments)

Alibaba, socialist? The only thing socialist about it is that the Chinese party calls itself communist. Alibaba is a privately owned but state-blessed corporation with heavy state support. The communist party has a hand in pretty much every large Chinese corporation these days, and in the end they have the final call, and they'll be a lot more meddlesome than even the most pedantic of state regulators in the US.

Plus, you can't even buy shares for Alibaba, you only get shares for a Cayman Islands shell corporation which has a contract to receive the profits from Alibaba proper. You get absolutely no decision-making power, no influence, and frankly little in the way of actual worth.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

Nemyst Re:7xx to 9xx ?? (125 comments)

Yeah, it's a tweaked 780 using a completely different architecture. Sure, tweaked.

Next you'll say Haswell's just a tweaked NetBurst maybe?

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Launches Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970 GPUs

Nemyst Re:Tips? (125 comments)

Kepler, hot and noisy? And then you recommend a GCN card? As much as I'll fully agree that you'll get better performance per dollar from AMD, their cards are vastly less efficient than Nvidia's.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Nemyst Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Most people don't like the Conservatives. They only had 39% of the vote, after all, and with a heavy bias towards the Midwest.

about two weeks ago
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Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Nemyst Re:Where the pessimism comes from. (191 comments)

When we write about the future, we don't write about a *plausible* future. We write about a future world which is like the present or some familiar historical epoch (e.g. Roman Empire), with conscious additions and deletions. I think a third reason may be our pessimism about our present and cynicism about the past. Which brings us right back to literary fashion.

I'd argue that we do try to write about the future, but the thing is: it's pretty damn hard to predict the future. What people do is take the current point in time and extrapolate it to whatever point they want, be it tens or hundreds or thousands of years into the future. If TV is big rounded cathodic tubes and is starting to get very popular now, then in the future it'll be ubiquitous, you'll have TVs in your bathroom and they'll have created some really fancy cathodic tube designs, with TVs taking up entire floors of buildings to act as animated billboards.

The problem is that if we look at history, we see it littered with disruptive technologies and events which veered us way off course from that mere extrapolation into something new. The computer was such a technology. The internet. The smartphone. There are an incredibly large amount, some which just slightly changed things, others which had a profound and lasting impact. They're also pretty much impossible to predict, since they're not only a technical event but a societal event. The technology has to catch on.

If you were to try to write sci-fi that followed this pattern, you'd run into the issue of massive divergence very quickly. Your imagined future wouldn't match with reality at all, since all those disruptions didn't actually happen, and perhaps never will, while others you hadn't envisioned did. It's therefore far more relatable to just stick to what's here now and extrapolate, because at least people will be able to make a connection and see where the evolution took place. Plus, many times sci-fi is a critique or a commentary on the time period it was written in, so it makes sense to ground it in that same time period.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Nemyst Re:It's not your phone (610 comments)

What would you say if Amazon added Fifty Shades of Grey to your Kindle?

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

Nemyst Re:10^5 slower? (100 comments)

10^-5 faster, evidently.

about three weeks ago

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Mobile Device for the Software DIY'er?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "With the ever-increasing number of mobile phones and other similar devices, I've started to consider one. I've always been more of a PC enthusiast due to the obvious flexibility the hardware provides. What I wondered was: are there any devices that have some really solid open software? I constantly hear about rooting phones, but I'd rather find something where you don't actually have to circumvent measures put in place by hardware vendors and providers. It doesn't have to be a phone, as long as it's a mobile device with basic network support (wi-fi is fine).

Basically, is there any mobile device that embraces the DIY community?"
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How To Take Care of Hackers

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nemyst (1383049) writes "One of my friends is running a relatively popular online community, but he's run into a problem. With success comes the usual load of idiots and one of them, after being banned, decided to react by DDoS'ing the site. The person has been identified; name, address, all that. The problem is, what can he do from that point onwards? The guy's a minor, so that doesn't help. Can he get in contact with certain authorities that will actually do something? The attacks are costing him money and the community as more and more people leave due to the server being down half the time. I've looked about and so has he, but so far we've come up empty-handed. Unfortunately, getting a new, more powerful server is just about out of range (the current server is already costing a pretty penny). I'm sure there are sysadmins among the Slashdot crowd who have already dealt with hackers of that kind, so what did you do about it?"
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Invigorating a Gaming Community?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 5 years ago

FriendlyFire writes "It's been a while since I last drilled my forehead with this issue, but I think it's that time of the year again.

I'm running a relatively successful fansite (The Starport) of the game Freelancer with other active members of its global community, but we're facing more and more issues with a slowly decreasing amount of players. Of course, the game is some 5 years old, so it's a bit logical to see a dip in activity, but we're a dedicated bunch and I believe there still exists no equivalent to the game. Therefore, I'm making a call for help: what could we, as a group, do to help the game pick back up some steam? Microsoft is of no help whatsoever, having abandoned the game about a year ago; I've been trying to get them to update the fansite list on the game's website for months without success. We also emailed some magazines and websites, but most if not all of our cries have been left without response. We aren't on the edge of destruction just yet, but the game has so much more potential left over that I feel it's a shame to see its popularity decrease so much.

Slashdotters, what can we do to get it back on the tracks? What magazines should we email? How could we get a better response from Microsoft (their technical support is a dead-end)? Are there places to advertise that kind of nearly-abandonware-yet-still-purchasable game?"

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