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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Nimey Re:Good Thing (165 comments)

We'll /all/ be paying for it, which internalizes the costs and incentivizes cleaner alternatives. Our grandchildren shouldn't have to suffer extreme climate change because people like you are selfish.

8 hours ago
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Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Nimey Re:20 megawatts (165 comments)

Never mind that the electricity might be made with coal, which itself results in millions of tons of mine tailings, contaminated rivers, et al, to say nothing of the pollution and radioactivity caused by burning it.

8 hours ago
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Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

Nimey Re:And it's already closed (81 comments)

That's... wow. To have the money to throw away on a partially-completed factory like that.

yesterday
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

Nimey Re:Good... (176 comments)

Leia is a Disney princess now.

yesterday
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Nimey My last complete build was April 2011 (250 comments)

I don't build computers at work - we buy preassembled Dells or Apples - and my last de-novo build at home was in April 2011 not long after Sandy Bridge was released. My i5-2500K chip is fast enough (OC'd to 4.3 GHz on air) that I don't think I'll want an upgrade for a long while yet, and the only minor upgrade that system's received is a newer video card. At some point, budget permitting, I'll switch in an SSD for the boot volume.

2 days ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Nimey Re:Alright! Go Senate bill (176 comments)

I'm fairly sure we have secret laws to do with National Security; those are a post-WTC innovation, so it's entirely possible that there is in fact a law requiring same that Obama can't do much about.

Mind you, I don't think he cares much about civil liberties either.

3 days ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Nimey The Republicans will never let it pass (176 comments)

I can hear old Turtle-face McConnell now saying this is an election-year stunt by the Democrats to get votes. It's the same excuse he's used for filibustering other worthwhile Senate bills; never mind that it's a good idea and would be good for the country, it would make the Democrats look good and that'd cost Republicans elections, so they'll stop it from even coming to a vote.

3 days ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Nimey Re:Ideology coincides with progress for humanity (132 comments)

The private contractor has a track record of delivering far more bang for the buck than the government agency. Yes, I do have an ideology -- because I have observed time and time again that private enterprises operate far more efficiently than the government -- but it is a true ideology with a foundation of factual, objective observations

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. That's adorable, yet so lacking in self-awareness.

3 days ago
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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

Nimey Re:Kill SLS (132 comments)

I suspect grandparent has ideological reasons for wanting to give money to a private contractor rather than a government agency. 80% of NASA's yearly budget will barely slow the deficit's rise, and it's a suspiciously /round/ number.

about a week ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Nimey Re:Go Greenlight (198 comments)

The Whigs and Federalists disappeared because their parties collapsed. It's going to take some doing to get one of the big two to collapse these days.

about a week ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Nimey Re:I'm confused (198 comments)

"States Rights" is almost always shorthand for "the state should be free to oppress you, but the feds had better not try to oppress you or put a stop to the state oppressing you". There's a reason why the Southern racists kept talking about states rights.

about a week ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Nimey Re:Go Greenlight (198 comments)

You'll have to change the system before third parties become viable in this country. First Past the Post has to go, as does letting politicians draw their own goddamn district boundaries.

about a week ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Nimey Re:Discrimination against atheists (198 comments)

Atheists are distrusted as much as Muslims are among the general population: http://www.pewforum.org/2014/0...

Outside of local races in certain areas, I wouldn't expect an open atheist to be elected right now in the USA.

about a week ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Nimey Re:recoiling in disgust is not the same as apathy (198 comments)

More like I haven't got time due to having an actual job, and I don't want my personal life becoming public fodder for an attack machine.

about a week ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Nimey Re:Vote (198 comments)

How do you propose to do that? The districts are gerrymandered to hell and back to favor one party or another and most people don't vote in primaries, so the primary becomes both a UGG ME MORE EXTREME THAN OTHER GUYS contest and the de-facto general election.

The way the country is at this moment you're apt to wind up with a state house full of teabaggers, and while that will at least be different it would be overall worse.

about a week ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Nimey Re:I wish it had happened (212 comments)

Spot the idiot who doesn't have any chronic medical conditions that are a death sentence without a steady supply of medicine, and who's wearing rose-colored glasses about human nature.

about a week ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

Nimey Re:Known this forever (212 comments)

But then we'd have to RAISE TAXES (horrors!) to pay for it.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Nimey Cost (547 comments)

I can get glasses that last for 5+ years for a couple hundred dollars, vs. lots more for surgery with its inherent risks. My glasses are generally only annoying when I work outside & get sweaty.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

Nimey Re:Good grief (98 comments)

Around here some of the public schools just got rid of Pentium IIIs. Not everyone can afford something decent.

about two weeks ago

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CrunchBang repository and tracker DDoSed

Nimey Nimey writes  |  about 10 months ago

Nimey (114278) writes "CrunchBang Linux's package repository and BitTorrent tracker have been DDoSed.. Per the announcement on their forum,

The #! repo server and torrent tracker are currently the targets of a DoS attack and are offline. The attack is being monitored and I hope to have normal service restored soon. Apologies for the inconvenience, but this is somewhat out of my control. The repository being offline affects the cb-welcome post install script, so please don't run it until this is resolved. If you have a new install, please cancel out of the script. Thank you!

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Adobe introduces the paid security fix

Nimey Nimey writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "Adobe has posted a security bulletin for Photoshop CS5 for Windows and OSX. It seems there is a critical security hole that will allow attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the affected application. Adobe's fix? You need to pay to upgrade to Photoshop CS6. For users who cannot upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe recommends users follow security best practices and exercise caution when opening files from unknown or untrusted sources."
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Inside Amazon's warehouse

Nimey Nimey writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "Over the past two months, The (Allentown, PA) Morning Call interviewed 20 current and former warehouse workers who showed pay stubs, tax forms or other proof of employment. They offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it's like to work in the Amazon warehouse, where temperatures soar on hot summer days, production rates are difficult to achieve and the permanent jobs sought by many temporary workers hired by an outside agency are tough to get."
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Microsoft's Win7 Student Edition fiasco

Nimey Nimey writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "It seems that many people who have bought the $30 student edition of Windows 7 have received a broken installer that will not create a bootable DVD image. The problem seems to be related to extracting a 64-bit version of 7 on a 32-bit version of Windows.

In other news, the Pirate Bay has several editions of Windows 7 available in .ISO format, which need a license key (which we paid our $30 for) to work anyway."

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Anatomy of a malware scam

Nimey Nimey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "The Register has posted an in-depth story analyzing the all-too-common malware XP Antivirus 2008. It's a very professional scam, and I've had many users taken in by it. Essentially the program masquerades as a legitimate anti-malware program, pretends to scan your computer for baddies, wants you to buy the full version to remove what it "found", and imitates portions of Windows XP."
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Mukasey: No prosecutions in Justice hiring scandal

Nimey Nimey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Nimey (114278) writes "Gosh, imagine that. US Attorney General Michael Mukasey will not prosecute the former Bush Administration officials who improperly hired career Justice Department officials based on politics. The Bush Administration continues to protect its own at the expense of the country."

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