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Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

Nemyst Re:Ugh! (278 comments)

I was downvoted in the last comments section about this, but I'll say it again: this is exactly the sort of thing Harper was looking for. It's exactly the sort of incident which plays into his agenda and it'll give him leverage to instigate further draconian security measures, when the actual solution would be to invest in better mental health coverage.

yesterday
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Nemyst Re: This is silly (661 comments)

A lot of people don't want to see this. You can see the assumption everywhere here: those displaced workers will just find another job! Well no, at some point they won't. Automation is well on its way to eliminate certain types of jobs entirely and not all of those people will be able to find new jobs elsewhere. Even if they were to educate themselves, they'd come into a job pool which is already too small for the number of applicants, so at best they'd cause wages to go down and conditions to worsen (since corporations can pick and choose). That's assuming they can, which, especially in the US, usually involves thousands and thousands of dollars on something with no guarantee of a return on investment.

We're headed straight into a wall where we'll have people without any skills we need and who are unable, financially or otherwise, to gain desirable skills, as well as higher unemployment across the board. We can't wish them away and they deserve decency as much as the next person.

yesterday
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Nemyst Re:this isnt exactly true. (661 comments)

I rarely go to McD's but a fairly recent improvement I saw was the addition of screens to show your current order in the drivethrough. Significantly reduces the probability of a bad order and most definitely didn't exist in the '50s.

yesterday
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Nemyst Re:Cashiers (661 comments)

Just as most programmers today wouldn't be able to work with punch cards and so on. They're specific, narrow skillsets. If you don't practice it, you don't have it. Doesn't reflect on the individual's capabilities or intelligence, merely on what they do most often.

yesterday
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Nemyst Re:my thoughts (350 comments)

Ebola is a gruesome disease, but it's only transmissible by contact with bodily fluids. That guy who coughed in his hand? Can't have transmitted it. That other one who farted? Nope. The one who touched you on the way out of the subway? Not enough either. You need to be in contact with someone who's symptomatic and whose bodily fluids come into close contact with you (often your hands, then you touching your eyes or something like that).

The obvious issue is that doctors are constantly in contact with infected bodily fluids. The last stages of the disease put out a lot of blood and other fluids. You only need one brief moment of inattention to get it when in those exceptional circumstances. Yet, only 16 cases have been reported among Doctors Without Borders. That's in spite of the absolutely horrendous sanitation and facilities available there. I'd say that on the contrary, those people are doing a splendid job and should be commended for actually going out there and trying to stop the problem at the source with the very real risk of dying from doing so.

Certainly beats sitting in one's basement calling them idiots.

2 days ago
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NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Nemyst Re:Mind Numbing Stupidity (350 comments)

If you bothered to RTFA (I know, the horror), you'd have seen that he was not symptomatic during his subway rides. Ebola is not contagious when it is asymptomatic. As soon as he began feeling ill, he isolated himself. When the symptoms worsened beyond that of a common cold, he contacted the authorities. The probability of him having infected anyone is close to nil.

2 days ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Nemyst Re:Spoiled much? (290 comments)

What remote support tool are you using which doesn't work on 6.5Mbit/s? VNC and Windows' RDP both seem able to run on a toaster with dial-up. Telecommuting is basically Skype, which most certainly doesn't need more than 6.5Mbit/s. Remote backups are pretty much the only thing which'd be annoying due to how long it'd take to finish the backup, but strong deduplication and compression would significantly reduce bandwidth requirements.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Nemyst Re:Only a few days after one killed south of Montr (522 comments)

It could be happenstance that the two events happened so close together (another poster in the comments here mentioned many other events which could be justifications for today's shooting), but assuming we are talking about Islamic radicals again, I could see them taking advantage of the scare caused by the first event, thinking that they might induce more panic by chaining the two. If that's the case, we might have to deal with more attacks, depending on how organized they actually are.

This comes a few months after we've heard that a fair few Canadian citizens were suspected of having participated in jihads with ISIS before coming back into the country.

3 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

Nemyst Re:Dear Canada.... (522 comments)

Panic mode? Nah. Harper must be filled with glee right now, this is exactly the sort of excuse he needed to start cracking down on personal liberties in the name of fighting terrorism or being "tough on crime" so we jail those horrible monsters, alongside drug users, copyright infringers and other such nefarious criminals.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Nemyst Re:Toys vs tools (766 comments)

So medicine and biology, which are becoming female-dominated fields, use toys and not tools? Man, I wasn't aware that fMRI machine costing millions was a toy. I want one now.

4 days ago
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Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Nemyst Re:Encryption on SSD? (101 comments)

According to AnandTech's coverage, you need to turn off hardware encryption before running the tool.

4 days ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Nemyst Re:The holy trinity ... (150 comments)

Feels like they remembered the mantra but not that the last step was supposed to apply to competitors.

4 days ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

Nemyst Re:Only usefull for wine? (55 comments)

You're telling me people are expected to dig up the reference card (assuming they know it exists), go through a terse set of pages looking for what you want, say, glVertex, not find it and then... assume it's deprecated? Wow, that's convenient and explicit. People will try to find confirmation, find that there is a reference page for it (without any version number) and think it was too obvious to be listed or something. Not because they're dumb and most certainly not because they should not be programming OpenGL. People have to start somewhere, and it's that very attitude you're displaying that means more people will choose DirectX instead.

about a week ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

Nemyst Re:Only usefull for wine? (55 comments)

Also documentation. Say what you will, D3D's docs are lightyears ahead of the messy, poorly-versioned documentation for OpenGL. Doesn't help that OpenGL kept backwards compatibility for so long that even fairly recent tutorials still use the horrendous immediate mode either, making tutorials for modern OpenGL harder to find. Meanwhile, Microsoft's SDKs have extensive tutorials and samples, and there's plenty of references to start from especially now that DirectX 10+ have slashed out all the crap accumulated from older versions.

Just use this as an example: search on Google for glVertex. First link goes to the official documentation. Nowhere on the page is it mentioned that this entire rendering system has been deprecated. Nowhere on the page can you see that the documentation is for OpenGL 2. There's a 2 in the URL, but changing it to a 3 or a 4 gives a 404 error. At least now some blessed soul made docs.gl, but the fact it's not even Khronos taking some time to fix their fucking documentation is absurd. You'll note though that even there, the docs for glVertex don't mention deprecation; the function just doesn't have an OpenGL 4 page.

Then there's debugging. Once you've used PIX or VS2012's built-in debugger, you really can't look back. Being able to save any frame, step through the entire rendering process event by event, and even go as far as debugging an individual pixel (down to what tried to write on the pixel, why the draw call did or didn't pass, and a way to put breakpoints in shader code using that pixel's input and output!) is just... It's unrivalled. Nothing from OpenGL even comes close to this.

about a week ago
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Direct3D 9.0 Support On Track For Linux's Gallium3D Drivers

Nemyst Re:Is D3D 9 advantageous over 10? (55 comments)

D3D 10 was a significant break from both the API perspective and in terms of how it works underneath. D3D 10 was included with Vista but never made available for Windows XP (because it relied on kernel changes and a new driver model that couldn't be backported) so game developers took their time in moving to it.

Not only that, the Xbox 360 also used something that was fairly close to DirectX 9 (in the same way the Xbox One uses an API close to DirectX 11), so it made sense to reuse the 360 version for PC with a few tweaks here and there. Certainly much easier than rebuilding for the vastly different DirectX 10 API.

With the arrival of the new console generation, we're seeing a sudden (and very welcome!) shift to DirectX 10+ and 64-bit executables.

about a week ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Nemyst Re:MatLab is not really a good programming languag (205 comments)

Speaking from experience as an ex-physics undergrad who still kept up with a few friends who went on into physics MScs and PhDs, I was surprised to hear that the most popular language at the time was Fortran (and usually not the 95 version...). A few lucky ones could use C++ or Python or even Fortran 95.

Matlab was used for undergrad lab courses (with the professors distributing old copies of the software gratis, not really mentioning whether it was legal or not!) and was... okay at it. Doing plots could get tricky with error bars and the language had a lot of idiosyncrasies, but it worked and since all provided code was in Matlab you didn't have much of a choice in the matter. The funny bit was that the lab techs and professors were not aware that Matlab had derivative functions, so they asked people to do it all manually (and still wanted them to do that when I told them about it, though I personally kept on using them!).

about a week ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Nemyst Re:Shash-job-vertisement (205 comments)

I'm a bit partial to Mathematica myself for certain things. The focus on functional programming is fun and very different from most languages, Matlab and Python included. The built-in libraries are ludicrously extensive, which helps speed up a lot of work. I wouldn't use it for performance-critical stuff or for applications that need to be run over and over, but for deriving math faster or prototyping something or generating really polished and diverse plots it's quite good.

Helps that my university has a site license though.

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Nemyst Re:Won't anyone think of the corporations? (407 comments)

Part of capitalism is letting businesses fail as well as succeed.

Yeah, like banks and car manufacturers. Wait, did I get that wrong somehow?

about a week ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Nemyst Re:Society hypocrisy.... (387 comments)

Is it that the language used is too harsh, or that today's society is just too much censored and purged from any form of negativity ? Creating thin-skinned irresponsible generations.

It's pretty much impossible in a tech company to have an opinion, not have to excuse oneself about having this opinion, and have a long and brilliant career in the company. Sometimes, this translate into worthless technical discussion where nobody is giving any counter argument. Those followers are generally also those getting promoted, but also the most incompetent. I might represent an utter minority, but I'm only giving negative feedback. What I'm being asked is to provide a technical analysis, not to be friend with my boss. It would seem that people are unable to be honest with one another.

I fully understand Linus' comment, it is sad to have to antagonize people and community, but on the other side, if you comply to every whim, you're not aiming for excellence, and stay mediocre. Compromise is the worst. While it is sad to see people unable to differentiate between a technical and personal attack, and the other way, some person making personal attack from technical point, we might just have to live with it.

All in all, I prefer to have enemies, and be true to my principle, rather than only have friends and keep compromising on my value.

Your post sounds like one giant false dilemma. You can be true to your principles without insulting or bashing people. You can have an opinion and express it firmly without rubbing it in the face of your colleagues until their skin bleeds. You can have disagreements without resorting to name-calling. You can do your work while being polite.

Also, "thin-skinned irresponsible generations"? Spoken like an old geezer alright.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Nemyst Re:I'm not convinced (387 comments)

How's that "culture of strong language" working out for ya bud?

about two 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  |  about 6 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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