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

Nimey Re:Remember when WSJ had a modicrum of decency? (626 comments)

Rupert Murdoch bought it in 2007. He'd promised to keep it editorially neutral beforehand but quickly reneged.

yesterday
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

Nimey Re:The Cult Leader will solve the problem! (110 comments)

No, see, you're supposed to make it *hard* for us to spot the cultists. Saying something stupid like that makes it too obvious.

yesterday
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Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

Nimey Re:The Cult Leader will solve the problem! (110 comments)

It's kind of hilarious that a bunch of self-styled libertarians need to have a leader cult, isn't it?

yesterday
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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

Nimey Re:Apple ][+ (81 comments)

Probably not that much. A new-in-box //c sold for around $2600 a few years back.

2 days ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

Nimey Re:It begins again (170 comments)

a/s/l?

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

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

How long has Trudeau been out of office, again?

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

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

Harper's running things. They're fucked.

2 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Nimey Re:Enfield .303? Wow!! I know these rifles. (331 comments)

They weren't, .303 transitioned to smokeless in the 1890s and the other World Wars cartridges were smokeless from the outset.

3 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Nimey Re:Umm, what? (243 comments)

You say that as though it's impossible to hold ideas from different groups simultaneously. How charmingly naive.

3 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Nimey Re:Umm, what? (243 comments)

Don't be jealous, there's plenty of me to go around.

4 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Nimey Re:Umm, what? (243 comments)

You're 0 for 2.

That's adorable that you're keeping score.

4 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Nimey Re:Summary of what ESR is doing (243 comments)

Seems like it'd be worthwhile to trial a real computer of similar spec to what he's wanting vs. a virtual server, to see relative speed and relative cost. You can get some pretty stonking powerful VPS instances if you're willing to pay for them, and with Amazon you can optimize for different workloads such as GPU, CPU, or fast IO.

There can't be that many projects on CVS who are sticking with it only because they're waiting for someone else to manage the switch to git, and you'd need a fair number to make this worthwhile, IMO. I think he may be tilting at windmills.

4 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Nimey Re:Umm, what? (243 comments)

Oh, look. Speaking of fringe libertarians, here's one of /.'s more notorious ones now, here to defend the tribe's honor against an apostate.

Run along, kid. I know better than to think you're willing to change your mind about your religion.

4 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Nimey Re:Summary of what ESR is doing (243 comments)

Why do this instead of spinning up an Amazon AWS instance on demand? It shouldn't cost much to convert a source repository with that method, especially compared to buying a whole computer.

4 days ago
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Nimey Re:Umm, what? (243 comments)

And then he turned into a neoconservative/fringe libertarian nutbar after that business with the skyscrapers in '01.

4 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Nimey Re:I'm surprised (331 comments)

Poorly, most likely. Enfields manufactured in the subcontinent (India and Pakistan both) aren't well-regarded with respect to quality.

At any rate, rechambering will require replacing the barrel, bolt, receiver, sights, and possibly parts of the magazine. That's most of the gun already, and you're compounding your logistics problems by having a small number of guns with this specific configuration.

4 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Nimey Re:Enfield .303? Wow!! I know these rifles. (331 comments)

Closer to 1889, not 1930. The late 1880s through early 1900s was when the common military rifle cartridges of the World Wars were developed. Trivia: the .303 British was originally filled with black powder, not smokeless.

4 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Nimey Re:I'm surprised (331 comments)

However, it hasn't been produced in a long time (parts wear out), it's for an obsolescent caliber (complicates logistics a bit), and there are better rifles now.

5 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Nimey Re:May I suggest (331 comments)

The Finns came up with a good solution with their reworked Mosins: 3-piece wooden stocks. They left gaps between the pieces to allow for expansion and contraction with ambient air temperature and humidity.

5 days ago

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CrunchBang repository and tracker DDoSed

Nimey Nimey writes  |  1 year,9 days

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  |  about 3 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  |  about 5 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 6 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 6 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."

Journals

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My foes list

Nimey Nimey writes  |  about a month ago

If anyone cares, my foes list is made up largely of two groups:
1) Climate-change deniers, the sort for whom nothing will change their minds.
2) THE STATE IS ALWAYS WRONG AND EVIL fringe libertarians, ditto.

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