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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Nemyst Re:Beyond what humans can do (434 comments)

So what's your research? What data did you take to make this conclusion? What are your hypotheses and theories regarding the current warming trend? Oh wait, you're just knee-jerking because you think we can't possibly have done it.

We can't make it rain? You've not heard of cloud seeding, have you? No, we don't have the power to control the weather locally, because that involves some truly massive amounts of energy. Thing is, on a global scale, humanity throws out truly massive amounts of energy. How much?

Everyone knows of the Mount St. Helens eruption from 1980. That eruption was fairly large (though not that large, sure): it released 24 megatons of energy in total. In 2008, humanity consumed almost 144,000 TW-hours of energy. That's 5000 St. Helens eruptions every year, or 14 eruptions per day. We consume INCREDIBLE amounts of energy, yet you believe that our exhaust fumes cannot possibly affect the climate? Volcanoes are known to be able to, though!

Note that this isn't meant to be a scientific proof or anything of the sort. You just seem to be unaware of the scale to which humanity has developed. Yes, we are most certainly able to affect the planet on a global scale, and that includes global warming. If you need another example, I'd just point at what global thermonuclear war would've done to the planet and leave it at that.

Oh, and you know what's one of the big flaws in your argument? There can be many causes for one consequence... It's well accepted that there are natural cycles of cooling and warming, but that doesn't preclude that other factors can also contribute to the global temperature, like humans. For someone so quick to throw out the tired old meme of logic "correlation does not mean causation", you sure seem fine with making major logical faults when they suit your perspective.

yesterday
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Nemyst Re:Irreversible? (434 comments)

That's besides the point. If we act now, we have a chance at fixing it that's fairly large and wouldn't cause that many problems. If we act much later, we have fewer chances of succeeding and even success would probably mean that people (how many? thousands? millions?) have died for nothing. Saying that we can always recover is incredibly selfish, even if it's true (and frankly it's more of a gamble than I'd like).

yesterday
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Nemyst Re:Climate damage is never irreversible (434 comments)

I don't think the worry with climate change was ever that we'd destroy Earth. It's just that it's in our best interests to avoid a certain species of apes from going extinct. Even that is unlikely, but I'm not sure you'd enjoy the possibility of millions or billions of people dying to an extinction-level event. Who's to say you'd be among the survivors, or your children?

yesterday
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Nemyst Re:Reputation (210 comments)

It sounds like Oracle's fucking business model. Overcommit, underbudget, get the job by being the "cheapest". Once the client's committed to your implementation, claim that the project brief was misleading or something and massively jack up the budget or leave the client with a stinking piece of shit.

My university's management, financial and student software was upgraded by Oracle. Something like 70 million dollars later, the web frontend is a complete farce full of atrocious design decisions, confusing options and ridiculous limitations. The employee backend is so complicated and useless that you need a fucking MANUAL to use it, and most people need assistance to do basic tasks such as budgeting their funds.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Nemyst Re:A Programmer Competency Matrix (548 comments)

I'd argue that while it's a nice table, there's one critical flaw with it: it doesn't matter this much if you don't know everything listed, provided that you can learn it on the spot in a fairly short period of time. For instance, I remember having read about red-black trees or how to treat hashmap collisions and I've already programmed in prolog and so on, but do I remember all those things so well that I could immediately, without looking at a reference, know how to implement/work with them? Hell no. There's way too much to learn in computer science to ever hope knowing everything at once, and claiming that this should be the case (or even, that it is achievable) only serves to demoralize and misguide people.

In my mind, there are two core qualities in computer science (and really, in science in general): being adept at solving problems, and being able to learn new things all the time. The former lets you break down any specific problem in a set of more generic problems for which solutions can be found or designed. The latter means you're able to learn new solutions to problems you may be unfamiliar with.

about a week ago
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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

Nemyst Re:Is he a scientist? (179 comments)

MBAs aren't like scientific disciplines. Work experience is far more valuable in that context than any sort of research, since it's much closer to a trade school degree than to a university one. As for whether Ballmer's work experience is going to be good for his students....

about a week ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Nemyst Audio is different (197 comments)

I'd say that we won't know the answer for a while more, provided Dolby don't ditch the tech before that. Firstly, humans are generally much more visual than auditive: a brand new TV set with vivid colors, large contrast and a sharp image will be a much easier and more obvious sell/upgrade than a new sound set. Not only are we better wired to notice the difference, it's also much more easily demonstrated in a shop, whereas a sound system normally needs a closed room with not too horrible sound properties to work well. On top of that, you can buy speakers individually, or in a pack with the receiver. Finally, lest we forget, most people will have one "home theater"-style room, be it the living room or a dedicated room just for movie watching. While they might buy a new TV for another room in the house, just about nobody will buy a second sound system.

The end result is that people upgrade their sound system at a much slower pace than the rest of their home theater setups. For instance, we've had the same speaker setup for something like 15 years. The speakers themselves don't really age (they'll eventually degrade, but that's about it - there isn't as pronounced a difference in tech as with TVs where you could get 2x better sound for the same price within a few years), so there's no point in changing them, and therefore we don't really think about changing the receiver itself. It's old enough that it doesn't have HDMI. It doesn't support Dolby True HD or DTS HD. Atmos is pretty much the equivalent of OLED TVs to us - it sounds neat, but not enough to be worth the investment.

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Nemyst Re:No wonder... (235 comments)

Yeah, it's harder for PR to let a tweet sit unreplied to for weeks at a time. An email is so easily "mistakenly" routed to the spam folder.

about two weeks ago
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Processors and the Limits of Physics

Nemyst Re:Go vertical! (168 comments)

This. It won't be easy, of course not, but there's this entire third dimension we're barely even using right now which would give us an entirely new way to scale up. The possible benefits can already be seen in for instance Samsung's new 3D NAND, where they can get similar density to current SSDs with much larger NAND, thus improving reliability while keeping capacities and without significantly increasing costs. Of course, CPUs generate far more heat than SSDs, but the benefits could be tremendous. If anything, imagine the amount of cores you could cram in the same die area if you could stack them!

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

Nemyst Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

The irony is how, in many ways, companies like Ford were much closer to Tesla back when they formed. I guess the question is, should Tesla survive Musk, whether history will repeat itself.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Prepares To Ship Gaming SSDs

Nemyst Re:What is the expected edge? (110 comments)

What it feels like is that you'll be able to get the AMD branded ones or get the same ones straight from Toshiba for less money. Perhaps some AMD models will be OEM-only in their Toshiba designation to reduce competition. Regardless, I don't remember OCZ's Vector drives (using the Barefoot 3 controller) making waves, and the 19nm lithography is going to push reliability down. Let's just hope they stick to MLC.

For most gamers, a Crucial MX100 would most likely be a better purchase, or if you want something fancier then Samsung's 850 Pro or even a PCI-E/SATAe/M.2 option instead.

about three weeks ago
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Valve Discloses Source 2 Engine In Recent DOTA 2 Update

Nemyst Re:Source 2 (97 comments)

Source 2 Episode 1 and 2 will be a thing though, but they won't be feature complete until Episode 3 which will never come out.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Nemyst Re:cretinous because (316 comments)

"Unlimited" means "limited by the physical nature of the connection", in essence. We all agree that you can't break the laws of physics and get more data per month than your connection can handle. Therefore, if my connection is 20Mbps down, I should be able to take 20Mbps down 24/7 for the whole month. THAT is unlimited.

If Verizon can't handle that, they should put a cap on it and be honest that it's not an unlimited plan. You can't have it both ways.

about three weeks ago
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The XBMC Project Will Now Be Called Kodi

Nemyst Re: Like the German discount store Kodi? (188 comments)

Doesn't help that the first time you write it, you say "Godi" instead of "Kodi"... So much for memorability, right?

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year

Nemyst Re:so... (122 comments)

So what you're saying is that the backwards states pollute a lot. Gee, whodathunkit. Sadly, your crude assessment clearly designed to make electric cars look bad is rather... laughable. You include transmission losses for electricity, but not distribution pollution/losses for gas? Nor refining? You assume that ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of your electricity comes from coal? You assume that efficiency between electricity and gas is in any way comparable? I could go on, but I doubt you care about that.

Go ahead and enjoy your Hummer.

about a month ago
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US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Nemyst Re:Going through Customs... (409 comments)

Well, he is coming into the country with a biological weapon...

about a month ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Nemyst Re:Bye bye US cloud (502 comments)

Problem is that this case could repeat itself for any company operating in the US, even if the entire hosting is in the EU. EU-based cloud hosts would have to NEVER do business in the US in order to be off-limits, basically (and even then I'm sure they could find a reason).

about a month ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Nemyst Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

To both cases: this is why organizations like Interpol exist. So a police force from one country can work in tandem with another to solve a case that crosses national borders. If the US want data stored in an Ireland server, they should work with the police there to get it, instead of saying that their jurisdiction extends worldwide unilaterally.

about a month ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Nemyst Re:Finally! (502 comments)

You wouldn't have to do business in the country for them to attempt to subpoena you, mind. They can fabricate a reason for doing so.

about a month ago
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Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

Nemyst Re:Monopoly Claims Are Only A Cover Story (110 comments)

Not to encourage competition, to encourage THEIR horse in the race. You can be fucking sure that if it were a Chinese corporation with the monopoly (a real one), they'd be heralded as champions of Chinese ingenuity or something.

about a month 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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