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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

Notabadguy Dear Australia (90 comments)

I submitted a public comment even though I'm not Australian. :)

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Dear Australia:

Congratulations from the USA on making the international news - apparently you're debating a new bill, which includes as part of it reversing the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/...

We've done some newsworthy things in the last decade about restricting freedoms and civil liberties, but no one on this side of the pond has dared touch that one yet.

The bill *does* make sense in a way - Australia was started as a colony of criminals - might as well presume everyone *is* one until proven innocent!

Congrats again on your new found powers of oppression.

3 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

Notabadguy Re:Conservatives mostly don't like the involvement (200 comments)

Competition works. Look at your shoes. Did they need to pass regulations to make your shoes not terrible? No. Competition did it. You as a consumer check out the shoes in the store and you only buy the ones that are worth your money. You don't buy the ones that are bad. The same principle can work in almost infinite applications.

If you want the analogy to serve internet....what if the only shoe providers in the whole country were Nike, Reebok,and Adidas, and depending on where you lived in the country, you could only buy one brand of shoes - and you weren't allowed to shop online or travel to buy a competitor's pair?

What kind of shoes do you think you would be wearing then?

4 days ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

Notabadguy Re:Price of leveraging fiat government powers (191 comments)

Except that the spanish law forbids this from taking place to prevent a repeat of Germany....where this did take place.

about a week ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

Notabadguy Re:Imagine that! (191 comments)

If you were to RTFA linked in the summary, you would find two things:

1. The Spanish Newpaper Lobbyist Group (AEDE) is behind the legislation.
2. Corruption in Spain is rampant, in every aspect of life.

about a week ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Notabadguy Re: The new threat (388 comments)

Ah.....I just laughed my balls off.

Well played.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Notabadguy Re:tl;dr (312 comments)

Good lord, the first world problems that people complain about.

OP: You're not suffering a disease. What you're describing is self-induced lack of mental discipline. Find someone who isn't a tweenie-wanna-be-hipster to slap you in the face a couple of times, drink a glass of cold tap water (not bottled water packaged in environmentally friendly recycled plastic), and sleep it off.

about two weeks ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Notabadguy Re:I agree, except: (390 comments)

As far as technology goes, what I observed from the episodes 1-3 is that they had better technology available than they did in 4-6, like double bladed light sabers, unlike the paltry one bladed ones available in the future. It's almost like their society is failing and their technology is limited to only what has already been produced and hasn't been destroyed yet. They should count themselves lucky to have TIE fighters.

Give it time. Disney won't kill the franchise, so look forward to:

Star Wars Episode 10: Jedi facing a crisis of lightsaber shortages. Lightsabers handed down generationally.
Star Wars Episode 15: Re-introduction of kinetic weaponry. Jedi learn to their horror that when a lightsaber blocks a kinetic round, they get splashed with plasma and liquified metal.
Star Wars Episode 18: Droids across the galaxy are falling into disrepair without the technology to repair them, and people with the ability to calculate the logistics and plotting for hyperspace routes grow fewer - they form into a guild called "Navigators."
Star Wars Episode 22: Droids are gone, kinetic weaponry and explosives dominate, Jedi lightsabers are a thing of legend, and interstellar travel requires the help of the navigators, whom no one actually ever sees.
Star Wars Episode 24: A boy with unprecedented midiclorian levels is born on the planet Calidan. Legend foretells that he will save or destroy the Universe.
Star Wars Episode 25: A New, New Hope: The spice.....must flow....

about three weeks ago
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In UK Study, Girls Best Boys At Making Computer Games

Notabadguy Re:Which is why girls dominate game making... (312 comments)

In 180ish comments, I didn't see anyone chuckle at "the girls...learnt more about coding."

So to summarize:

-30 kiddies make up the sample set.
-No controls on the experiment.
-No prevention on collusion.
-12 year old girls in the sample set develop more complex games than 12 year old boys in the sample set.
-Arbitrary measure of complexity for measure.
-12 year old literacy in the summary.

Yep, this is a scientific study that I'll be referencing.

about three weeks ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

Notabadguy Re:ITT: (237 comments)

ITT: Fools who are apoplectic over the idea of Apple exercising control of its app ecosystem and Microsoft bundling a browser with their OS find a way to contort themselves into the illogical stance that Google engaging in the same type of practices is "totally for our own good, fuck the EU."

You nerds never cease to amaze me.

IOS isn't free. Android is.
Windows isn't free. Google is.

Perhaps you forget that you couldn't uninstall IE, choice was hard to come by, and today is nothing like then. You can choose to not use Chrome easily. You can not use google easily.

about three weeks ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Notabadguy Erm, Post-Facebook (88 comments)

An alternative to "Post-Facebook" is to not use an all-encompassing social media tool/website instead of replacing it with a clone that offers better privacy.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Notabadguy Re:Outages happen! (516 comments)

Also, this has useful information, including a Customer Average Frequency Index, which lets you measure your utility against others.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Notabadguy Outages happen! (516 comments)

Houston Texas - Lightning Storm? Voltage Sag. Loss of power for long enough for all clocks in the house to go to 0:00, and for computers to turn off. Never longer than for 5-10 seconds.

-Since the electric motors draw more current when they are starting than when they are running at their rated speed, starting an electric motor can be a reason of a voltage sag.
-When a line-to-ground fault occurs, there will be a voltage sag until the protective switch gear operates.
-Some accidents in power lines such as lightning or falling an object can be a cause of line-to-ground fault and a voltage sag as a result.
-Sudden load changes or excessive loads can cause a voltage sag.
-Depending on the transformer connections, transformers energizing could be another reason for happening voltage sags.
-Voltage sags can arrive from the utility but most are caused by in-building equipment.

An actual power outage on the other hand can be caused by ANYTHING.

-Tree branch fell on a power line.
-Someone drove into a utility pole and broke a wire. Again with the Houston Texas example....I work in Oil and Gas, and my shop was out of power for 7 hours because someone ran into a utility pole on the corner of the street that leads to my office.
-Ground short.
-Transformer either on a line or at the utility shorts.
-Everything in between.
-All the way to emergency outage with the base load generator at whomever your power production company is.

about three weeks ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Notabadguy Re:I'm happy about it (155 comments)

Welp, since there's no PC version of Destiny.....me and mine won't be playing it.

about 3 months ago
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Anonymous Peer-review Comments May Spark Legal Battle

Notabadguy Re:Why did he lose tenure? (167 comments)

It is important to keep in mind that there is no factual proof that he lost his offer of employment at UoMMC or his tenure at Wayne due to the comments on PubPeer. Sarkar's lawyer claims that the retraction letter from UoMMC says this is why, but has declined to offer the letter as proof.

All that is factually known at this time is that the scientific integrity of Sarkar's articles have come under scrutiny, and that a potential job at UoMMC didn't pan out for him.

about 3 months ago
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Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains

Notabadguy Re:A DC resident replies (179 comments)

I ran into this once, but with a different outcome. I was in college, on a date at the Outback Steakhouse, and a big fella was smoking in the restaurant, which was non-smoking. People were muttering, but no one directly said anything to him, probably because he was intimidating looking.

I went over to his table, and asked him to put his cigarette out because it was a non-smoking establishment. He looked me up and down, then took a long drag on his cigarette and blew it at me. When he put it back in his mouth, I reached over and plucked it from his mouth....I was young, in the army, on a date trying to impress....and so the only logical thing was obviously to grind the cigarette out on the palm of my hand while glaring at him.

On the plus side, most of the restaurant - servers included - applauded.
On the minus side, I still have a scar on my palm.

about 3 months ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Notabadguy This isn't supposed to happen... (183 comments)

From the article:

"French artificial heart maker Carmat says it will not perform another human implant until it has determined the cause of death of the first patient fitted with the device."

Six months later: Implanting a new heart, despite still not knowing what happened the first time."

about 3 months ago
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NATO Set To Ratify Joint Defense For Cyberattacks

Notabadguy Re:false flag (34 comments)

There will not be teeth to this. There are no teeth to any NATO measures.

The summary could just as easily read:

At the upcoming NATO meeting, according to the NY Times, the 28 member states are expected to talk about some shit that no one will do anything about. Not for the first time, they will pass a meaningless resolution without teeth that no one will pay attention to.

about 4 months ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Notabadguy Re:Sue the bastards (441 comments)

Here's a link to the Dorchester County Board of Education members. There's an e-mail address there where you can tell them what you think of them as well.

http://www.dcps.k12.md.us/Boar...

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Notabadguy Re:Classics (382 comments)

There's a difference between "best games" and "best games for friends."

For best games, you can't go wrong with old school RPGs from Squaresoft back in the day. Any of them. Particular favorites: Chronotrigger and Final Fantasy III.

For friends, get "Risk" the board game. Hours of fun.

about 4 months ago

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