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Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

Nemyst Re:crAss (97 comments)

It's still a pretty shitty name though. I wonder if the scientists are bummed about the realization.

2 days ago
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How Stanford Engineers Created a Fictitious Compression For HBO

Nemyst Re:Meh (89 comments)

If we "someday" discover that radioactive decay is not inherently random and unpredictable to an atomic level, it'd mean we suddenly contradict a hundred years of scientific research, models and theories. While not impossible, your post implies that there's a model and we just don't know it; the truth is that it's extremely unlikely to be the case.

3 days ago
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Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

Nemyst Re:Soooo .. (97 comments)

Except if you wanted to do that, you'd report the bugs to the TOR developers. Russia would NEVER forward those bug reports, so all you'd manage is to let Russia exploit a flaw without allowing the TOR developers to know about it. You'd make TOR worse out of selfish greed.

3 days ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Nemyst Re:I take offense! (165 comments)

It's a great idea until they smarten up a bit and get some external people (hello Mechanical Turk!) to do the edits instead. Fortunately, that leaves us a solid decade or two.

4 days ago
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Long-range Electric Car World Speed Record Broken By Australian Students

Nemyst Re:Wow (120 comments)

The big deal ain't the range, it's the range considering the battery. The highest range Model S has an 85 kWh battery, rated for 265 miles (426km). This eVe has a 16 kWh battery, yet manages 310 miles (500km). That's a massive difference, especially when you consider that battery charge time is one of the big downsides of electric cars right now. Obviously, the smaller the battery, the faster the charge. Alternatively, you can keep the same size battery but quadruple the range. Oh, and this doesn't even factor the solar panels.

The point of cars like this is to maximize efficiency. Then, you try to take what you've learned making it and apply that to production cars.

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Nemyst Re: this is messed up.. but what's worse (875 comments)

A tweet and (I presume) some heated words and you get them off the airplane and threaten to call the cops? If this were about his behavior, that'd be one thing, but no: he was allowed to board the plane after removing the tweet. This is purely the SWA personnel not wanting to look bad, and doing an absolutely inexcusable thing in the process.

4 days ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Nemyst Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

That's not true. The Xbox One uses a hypervisor, based on the latest Hyper-V, to run two kernels: the Xbox kernel and a Windows kernel. They're both permanently online to allow for instant switching to the main menu. I've seen very little details as to the origin and evolution of the Xbox kernel, so I have a hard time simply acknowledging an unsourced claim that it's still derived from the original Xbox kernel. Since the tech behind it is DirectX 11 level, with multicore support as a first priority, it makes little sense to use something that old and unsuited.

5 days ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Nemyst Re:4 year degrees have a lot theory & fluff / (223 comments)

They're not fluff. They're just not about getting a job, but about getting an education. If all you want is a degree, go to a technical school. You'll be happy. University is (or rather, should be) for people who want to learn and expand their knowledge, even in fields unrelated with what they hope to be doing once they graduate.

The "4 years places" you speak of so lowly may not have professors doing IT work, but they have highly knowledgeable researchers who have done stuff you wouldn't even be able to grasp for years, often decades. They're just not the people I'd ask about IT.

5 days ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Nemyst Re:BAD,Bad, Bad! (272 comments)

I frankly doubt that not using sonic cannons to look for new sources of oil would be an extinction level event. The GP is exaggerating, but so are you.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Nemyst Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (192 comments)

This. As is often the case with /., it's an all or nothing deal. There's no way in hell that anything the publishers or record labels provide the authors and artists could actually be worthwhile. What antiquated notion! Anybody can produce a bestseller in their bedroom or record the best label of the year in their garage.

Editors are very important. They're the sanity check of the author. They're a reliable and honest reader. They help form the books by taking the often jumbled and incoherent source material that was jotted down in hundreds of sittings, sometimes in the wrong order, and shaping that into the final product. While some authors can do without them, few books would be just as good (let alone better) without an editor's involvement. This is also why good publishers can be distinguished from bad publishers on multiple levels, not just on who they sign up.

The same thing can be said about record labels, but I'm not going to go into detail. The point is: YES the publishers, record labels and all that have been exploiting content creators and taking a much too large part of the pie. That does not however mean that they are of no use whatsoever.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Nemyst Re:Again! (192 comments)

If progress means the end of books (be they virtual or physical) and the decay of culture around the globe, I don't want your progress.

about two weeks ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

Nemyst Re:weird choice (156 comments)

I'm guessing because A) Japanese manufacturers have been focusing on fuel cells and B) electricity in Japan is quite expensive, reducing incentive to use it. Japan's power grid is also fairly strange and I'm not sure it'd be able to bear heavy electric car usage.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Nemyst Re:Freedom of Expression... (424 comments)

And that's also the case for the US. Wait, you think Massachusetts and Texas have the same values? I could pull any two states and the discrepancies would be fairly large. The US is just as much of a patchwork of political and cultural lineage as Europe is, the major difference being that they all speak (mostly) the same language.

about two weeks ago
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A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Nemyst Re:Subject bait (379 comments)

So it's basically like real life?

about two weeks ago
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Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

Nemyst Re:Oh yeah? (242 comments)

Oh, so you've been browsing the internet.

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Nemyst Re:If you need one then yes.. (502 comments)

I'm not a fan of FiiO, but it's definitely better than what you could get from onboard audio.

about two weeks ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Nemyst Re:If you need one then yes.. (502 comments)

If you're an audiophile, you're probably using USB audio or S/PDIF, which don't need a discrete sound card, paired with an external DAC worth many times the price of a Creative soundcard and without the extraneous bells and whistles. If you're a gamer, you're on a headset, often again USB. If you're an average user, your speakers are too crappy to notice the difference.

As far as I can tell, the only use case that truly benefits from a discrete card is 5.1+ surround systems which support the latest Dolby/DTS techs, as those often aren't supported by onboard sound.

about three weeks ago
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Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

Nemyst Re:Modern Day Anti-Evolutionists (497 comments)

That's a load of horseshit that only a quick perusal would let you figure out. There was no "scientific consensus" that the Earth was flat; back in Ancient Greece it was already well known that the Earth was a globe and its radius was estimated with remarkable accuracy. That's before the term "science" was even coined, those were natural philosophers. The idea that the Sun orbited the Earth was much more religious than it was scientific; people went to great lengths to make up incredibly complex systems so that they could match their religious sensibilities that the Earth was the center of the universe. Science as it is now known has only really existed since the dawn of the Scientific Method, which appeared much later than either of those discoveries.

As for the plum pudding model, it was, key word, a model. Of course people knew it wasn't actually anywhere near a plum pudding! It was just the best representation they could give at the time and which fit the data they had at the time. The important element to note is that all subsequent models were more and more precise, but none invalidated previous data and conclusions. They refined the model, they allowed us to make more predictions and to be more accurate, but they didn't outright rebuke previous results.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

Nemyst Re:What happened to Scheme? (415 comments)

Nobody said never to show Scheme, but there's a difference between doing a "Computer Languages" course with Scheme or even a "Functional Languages" course and putting Scheme as the sole language for the introductory course. The latter is completely insane, unless you like a 90+% drop-out ratio.

about three weeks ago
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Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

Nemyst Re:Java or Python (415 comments)

Humans however don't particularly care if there are three or four spaces before a line. Humans do not care at all whether spaces and tabs are intermingled.

about three weeks ago

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Mobile Device for the Software DIY'er?

Nemyst Nemyst writes  |  more than 3 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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