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Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

PopeRatzo Re:Effing Grinches That Spoiled Christmas (159 comments)

" but anti-GamerGate has harassed far more women than GG has (namely, any)"

That's really how they talk.

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Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

PopeRatzo Re:"moment" (88 comments)

Of course I recognize the marketing phrase. I was just providing a little context to readers who might not realize that there were technology powerhouse corporations before Apple.

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Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

PopeRatzo Re:"moment" (88 comments)

Kodak was developing and patenting new technologies when Steve Jobs' great-grandfather was selling pencils under a bridge.

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Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

PopeRatzo Re:Effing Grinches That Spoiled Christmas (159 comments)

I thought you sided with

I don't side with. I side against. Against 8chan pedos. Against rape apologists and definitely against anyone who harass women or condone sexual abuse of children. Against #GamerGate.

And definitely against anyone who would shit all over my long-time preferred pastime of video games the way GamerGate has done. More damage has been done to the gaming community in 2014 than in any time since I've been gaming. And sonny, I've got game cartridges that are older than you are. I've got cheetoh crumbs in my couch that are older than you and your fucked up microscopic cadre of sociopaths.

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Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

PopeRatzo Re:Not that much less (50 comments)

I think you'll be able to get "parts" for your android tablets for as long as you need them.

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Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

PopeRatzo Re:Effing Grinches That Spoiled Christmas (159 comments)

Yeah, fuck those kids who gotten a new toy

It won't kill you not to play your sociopath simulator for one day, cuck.

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Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

PopeRatzo "moment" (88 comments)

For a while there it looked like Kodak's moment had come and gone

Kodak was a dominant technology corporation for over a century. They were dominant through economic downturns, world wars, cultural changes and across industrial sectors. They were one of a handful of the most recognizable brand names of the entire 20th century (they started in 1888). They did business in three centuries.

I'm pretty sure that qualifies as more than a "moment".

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Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

PopeRatzo Re:Not that much less (50 comments)

To the vast majority of the marketplace? The value is zero.

When you're making a consumer decision, do you ask yourself, "what do the vast majority of people do?"

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Nokia's Back In the Tablet Business, With the Android Lollipop-Based N1

PopeRatzo Re:Not that much less (50 comments)

But it's an iPad Mini 2. I suppose it's a good deal as a gift for grandma.

What is the value of being able to control your own OS?

2 days ago
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Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

PopeRatzo Re:Effing Grinches That Spoiled Christmas (159 comments)

Keep board games handy. Everyone can play and interact like a real family and your kids won't end up as pedos on 8chan.

2 days ago
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Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack

PopeRatzo Re:Effing Grinches That Spoiled Christmas (159 comments)

These "hackers" just made Christmas a lot less Merry for many children that just got some nice new Christmas presents.

Screw 'em. Take a day off gaming. If they can't find something else fun to do besides play on their XboxOne or PS4 for one single Christmas Day, then you've been a shitty parent. Next thing you know they're gonna start talking about ethics in game journalism and SJWs and then you have to drown them.

Better they learn now that not all gratification is instant, and an online first-person shooter whenever you want it is not a basic human right.

You'll thank me later.

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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

PopeRatzo Re:i'm not going to see this (346 comments)

The Hobbit just isn't as cinematic a story as LOTR.

3 days ago
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Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

PopeRatzo Re:Interesting (291 comments)

Next thing you know, you'll be restricted to 100ml bottles of liquids...

Why would anyone want to go to a hotel with anything less than a half-gallon of vodka?

3 days ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

PopeRatzo natural solutions (188 comments)

"completely automated, even senses when a cat poops and cleans up afterwards."

My 10 month old Irish setter does the same exact thing. The only downside is that her breath is not really kissably-sweet afterwards.

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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

PopeRatzo Re:anon (239 comments)

Oxymoronically, the real Anonymous are incarcerated.

And they are the last "real" Anonymous, right?

I think you're full of shit.

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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

PopeRatzo Re:Marketing?... NOT! (239 comments)

*You mentioned elsewhere in the topic that you're from Chicago and you know a lot of Bears fans. I'm writing with the assumption that you are also a Bears fan.

I hope you're happy, now. You've made me cry again. How many times do I have to relive this trauma?.

Oh, and Democrats are constantly saying racist things. I live in Chicago, remember? There are Democrats here that are every bit as bad as Republicans. We live in a racist country. Racism is part of the deal. But here on the verge of 2015, at least it's a source of embarrassment, which I choose to see as progress. And only Republicans make a political strategy out of it.

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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

PopeRatzo Re:Multi touch while driving? (123 comments)

But given that I've seen people disappear to reach into the glove box for a CD and fiddle with removing the previous, and change the CD while in heavy traffic

Brother, in my day, I could swap out an 8-track with a beer in one hand and a joint in the other while driving a stick shift on the Eisenhower Expressway at 8:45am. On mexican quaaludes.

Don't look at me like that. I was the designated driver. You should have seen the guys in the back seat.

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Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

PopeRatzo Re:Marketing?... NOT! (239 comments)

Fun fact: There's no Republicans involved in this story. Like most Hollywood types, the Sony exec here GAVE A SHITLOAD OF MONEY TO OBAMA'S CAMPAIGN.

All that tells us is their money is on the winner.

Fun fact: Just because I draft Tom Brady in my fantasy league doesn't mean I'm a Patriots fan.

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Can Capitalism and Democracy Co-Exist?

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  about 2 months ago

http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/10/can-capitalism-democracy-co-exist.html

I'm going to say that no, finance-driven capitalism like we see in the US and UK cannot exist is inherently anti-democratic. Industrial driven capitalism has a better chance.

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Not a Racist Country? Really?

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  about 3 months ago

A black man is gunned down by police for handling a toy gun in a Walmart. A gun that Walmart was selling.

http://www.vox.com/2014/9/24/6839953/video-john-crawford-walmart-police-beavercreek-ohio-toy-gun

But this white guy can carry a real, loaded rifle (and body armor) in front of a school, refuses to show ID to police and nothing happens.

http://politix.topix.com/story/14304-was-this-man-wrong-to-demonstrate-open-carry-in-front-of-a-high-school

Open Carry laws are clearly meant just for white people. Laws that only apply to one race are the definition of racist.

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More Than Enough - Comcast declares war on Tor

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  about 3 months ago

If you haven't dumped Comcast yet, you better hurry:

http://www.deepdotweb.com/2014/09/13/comcast-declares-war-tor/

Reports have surfaced (Via /r/darknetmarkets and another one submitted to us) that Comcast agents have contacted customers using Tor and instructed them to stop using the browser or risk termination of service. A Comcast agent named Jeremy allegedly called Tor an âoeillegal service.â The Comcast agent told its customer that such activity is against usage policies.
The Comcast agent then repeatedly asked the customer to tell him what sites he was accessing on the Tor browser. The customer refused to answer.
The next day the customer called Comcast and spoke to another agent named Kelly who reiterated that Comcast does not want its customers using Tor. The Comcast agent then allegedly told the customer:

"Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that arenâ(TM)t so-to-speak legal. We have the right to terminate, fine, or suspend your account at anytime due to you violating the rules. Do you have any other questions? Thank you for contacting Comcast, have a great day."

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GMO Corn Can Cause Damage to Liver and Kidneys, and Severe Hormonal Disruption

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  about 5 months ago

http://www.alternet.org/food/major-study-demonstrates-monsanto-gmo-corn-product-can-cause-damage-liver-and-kidneys-and

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Inspired by Jeremiah Cornelius

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  about 6 months ago

You play this at your cubicle, loud, and it's the opposite of workplace violence.

http://youtu.be/M36OGCfYp3A

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Keystone XL Pipeline Will Raise Gas Prices for US Consumers

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  about a year ago

Unintended consequences:

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/sites/default/files/resources/keystonexl_cwd.pdf

There is no shortage of available crude oil, domestic or imported, in the
United States, and for the last few years there has been a glut at the nationâ(TM)s
largest crude oil terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma. Canadian tar sands oil
would be processed for greater use in the U.S. only as other imported or domestic
sources are reduced. Replacing Mexican oil with Canadian oil would
only trade the closer source for the more distant.

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Energy Industry Under Attack from Green Terrorists

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  about a year and a half ago

"Just the other day, Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers said, 'If the cost of solar panels keeps coming down, installation costs come down and if they combine solar with battery technology and a power management system, then we have someone just using [the grid] for backup.' What happens if a whole bunch of customers start generating their own power and using the grid merely as backup? The EEI report warns of 'irreparable damages to revenues and growth prospects' of utilities."

Solar Panels Could Destroy U.S. Utilities

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Ohio Sec'y of State Installs "Experimental" Patch on Voting Machines

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Days before the US presidential election, the Ohio Secretary of State (Republican) directed that an "experimental patch" be installed on voting machines in 39 Ohio counties. Federal law makes it illegal to make any changes in hardware and software to election equipment without it being tested and certified by the Federal Elections Commission. [NOTE: if Brad Blog is not "notable" enough of a source for you, this story is being reported in many other media outlets.]

You Slashdot readers are supposed to know a little something about software and patches and security. What do you think? This sound like "best practices" to you? By the way, John Husted, the Ohio Secretary of State who ordered this "patch" installed, is the guy who tried to stop early voting in Ohio and then told his county clerks to ignore the federal courts when they issued an injunction to put those early voting dates back in place. He's also one of the Republican officials who claimed that the proposed voter ID laws and purges of voter rolls would "deliver" Ohio to the Romney campaign.

I'm a little curious about what any sysadmins who read this and support Romney think of this move.

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Militarizing the Olympics

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Jeremiah Cornelius has covered this story, but if you haven't read this article about a journalist who infiltrated the G4S security firm, the private company to whom the security for the London 2012 Olympics has been outsourced, go take a look. It just gets worse and worse.

It's a pretty stunning story, not just the plan to evacuate London, not just the 200,000 body bags that were ordered, but the level of incompetence that G4S has shown thus far.

Ben Fellows, the filmmaker and journalist who went undercover as "âoeLee Hazledean", has recently revealed his true identity when the complete blackout on his story by the mainstream media, and other irregularities, have made him fear for his life.

The great Swedish alt-blogcasters Red Ice Radio also have some pretty shocking coverage (warning: includes some rather out-there material, but still interesting). In their 2 1/2 hour special, they get opinions from some pretty impressive people, but also from some, shall-we-say "less conventional" characters like David Icke. But even those interviewees have some fascinating insights (I happen to think Icke is not nearly as loony as he is portrayed). Depending on your tolerance for challenging consensus reality, YMMV.

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The Job Creators

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

As any Libertarian will tell you, there's no reason a CEO shouldn't be paid 2000 times the amount of an average worker, because they're worth it.

Keep that in mind when you read the story of Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson. It's a tale of how mistreated the 1% are in Obama's America:

When Duke Energy announced its merger with Progress Energy last year, the two companies agreed that Progress CEO Bill Johnson would assume the same position at the combined company. So he did: On June 27, Johnson signed a three-year contract to helm Duke. When the merger went into effect on July 2, he assumed the position of CEO.

        And then, on July 3 at midnight, Johnson resigned

As the article tells us, Bill Johnson was forced out by the board after the merger, but just imagine the job he did in that one day as CEO when you read about his compensation package for that 24 hours:

Despite his short-lived tenure, Mr. Johnson will receive exit payments worth as much as $44.4 million, according to Duke. That includes $7.4 million in severance, a nearly $1.4 million cash bonus, a special lump-sum payment worth up to $1.5 million and accelerated vesting of his stock awards, according to a Duke regulatory filing Tuesday night. Mr. Johnson gets the lump-sum payment as long as he cooperates with Duke and doesnâ(TM)t disparage his former employer, the filing said.

Under his exit package, Mr. Johnson also will receive approximately $30,000 to reimburse him for relocation expenses.

Well, thank God for that $30k in "relocation expenses". Renting a U-Haul isn't cheap.

Like the saying goes "The rich are different than the rest of us. They are completely without shame." I want to know what the board of directors was doing the day this benefits package was approved.

But remember, according to Mitt Romney, Bill Johnson is a "job creator". Except, during the 24 very busy hours that Johnson was CEO, he laid off 900 workers. I wonder how much that comes to per laid-off worker?

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Surface to Air Missles on London Apartment Buildings?

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

The Olympics is all about World Peace, we are told, but Charles Stross isn't quite convinced.

The science fiction writer and blogger is a little concerned about the extent to which Britain will go to keep corporate sponsors happy.

The Olympics: It's a movement. And everybody needs a movement, every day.

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Wyoming prepares for the End Times with proposed purchase of aircraft carrier

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I had to double-check to make sure this wasn't an Onion article. It appears that a Wyoming state legislature has advance (yes, there was a vote) to prepare for the worst. They want to create a task force to prepare Wyoming for the total social and economic collapse of the United States (aka, the Zombie Apocalypse).

The best part of the story, and the part you just can't make up, is that the preparations include the formation of a Wyoming Navy . As reported in the Wyoming news source m.trib.com,

The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

Of course, an aircraft carrier costs about $6billion, but first there's the little issue of Wyoming being landlocked. The purchase of a submarine was not mentioned.

Read more in-depth analysis here.

Is anyone surprised that the amendment creating this task force was written and sponsored by Republicans? It's worth noting that Wyoming, the least populous state in the US gets back $1.11 for every $1.00 it sends to Washington in federal taxes.

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"No press today for security reasons."

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Guardian photo-journalist Adam Gabbatt was told "No press today for security reasons" for the Occupy Movement's November 17 Day of Action.

Think about that for just a few seconds. News helicopters are being told to stay out of the Wall Street area according to WNBC radio. What is it we're not supposed to see?

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Happening faster than I thought it would...

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

After the bankruptcy "reform" of the last decade (which only applied to the lower income levels), we knew it was only a matter of time before the return of debtors' prison and forced work camps. There was never any question that this was where Reaganomics would take us.

I guess I just didn't expect that we'd see it so soon. When the new privatized prison system meets debtors prisons, something very very ugly is going to emerge. And it appears it's going to happen within the next couple of years.

If you are very very wealthy, and you find yourself unable to pay your debt, the government will force citizens to make you whole. If you are part of the working or lower classes and find yourself unable to pay your debt, you have become an enemy of the New Corporate State and will be treated accordingly.

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JC, I hardly knew ye

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Unless there's a system failure (which is a distinct possibility), Jeremiah Cornelius, an iconoclastic and highly prolific Slashdot journal writer has packed it in and closed his account. Links to his journals are dead and his account only shows the UID number, not his user name.

While sometimes his opinions were the kind that made me uncomfortable (which is something, being iconoclastic and a pain in the ass bordering on the trollish myself), I will miss his energy and his strongly held sincere beliefs.

If he's gone elsewhere, I'd like to know which online community a guy like him would join. We;ve lost some long-time Slashdot users recently. I hate to see a good one go.

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Deep in the Heart of TeX-Ass

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Years ago, when my wife was finishing her PhD in Math, I helped her with putting her dissertation into the required format, which was a TeX document. The main thing I remember about it was how much trouble it was just to lay out a document. It was hard enough for her to do all the very difficult Math work and get ready for her PhD defense, but to then require her to learn TeX just seemed like piling on.

The other day, my daughter, who's now a Math grad student, came to me and asked if I knew anything about TeX. It caused a sickening deja vu as I realized that after all this time, TeX is still the required format for technical documents.

Now, I understand the elegance of TeX, and I can appreciate the need for a standard way of typesetting such documents. I've seen the Chinese students taking class notes in TeX and I'm aware of the place TeX holds in the Math, physics and engineering communities.

But jesus christ on roller skates, can no one come up with something a little easier to learn and use? I'm a musician and composer and arranger. I score films. Creating formatting and typesetting a music manuscript is at least as exacting and formalized as setting up a document to show some equations, some graphs and a figure or two. I've got a handful of excellent professional software that makes writing (and printing) music as easy as writing a business letter. I don't have to write code just to put in a D.S. al coda for heaven's sake.

When I was working on my own dissertation decades ago in critical theory, I remember using the DOS version of Nota Bene, because that was what my adviser used and by gawd, that was what I was going to use. It was like an even more baroque version of Wordperfect with all sorts of code and macros and packages for diacritical marks. But the world has moved on since then and now there's open office to fill all my document needs.

I guess I'm just venting a bit, thinking about my daughter having to learn tex on top of everything else she's got going on, and I know I'm going to get hit with questions, which means I'm going to have to go back and brush up. I'm about to install LateX on my machine for the second time in over 20 years and if nothing else, can I get some encouragement? Maybe an explanation of why time has stood still in this one area?

Now let me go get some aspirin.

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PopeRatzo's Recession Buster

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Wait until Saturday evening, when the point spread hits 5, then take the Bears and the points.

Send my share of the winnings to the EFF or the ACLU.

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Are Right-Wing Trolls Being Paid to Disrupt Slashdot?

PopeRatzo PopeRatzo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

An under-reported story from 2010 was the apparent proliferation of paid political trolls. Some of us have suspected this was going on, but some recent leaks coming out of Right-Wing political action committees confirms that this is happening on a bigger scale than thought.

This phenomena goes back at least as far as 2002, when it was discovered that an internet lobbying outfit called the "Bivings Group" was found to have created at least two false identities, "Mary Murphy" and "Andura Smetacek", that were used to post a prodigious number of posts attacking research showing widespread contamination of corn by genetically-modified bee pollen. Bivings was working for Monsanto at the time. It was widely reported that the McCain campaign did this during the 2008 campaign, but the new paid trolling is taking on new forms and attacking more than the regular political online communities.

A very interesting film, (Astro)Turf Wars, a documentary by Taki Oldham, has a scene that was secretly videotaped during a training session organized by a right-wing libertarian outfit called "American Majority". During this session, the trainer instructed Tea Party members as follows:

âoeHereâ(TM)s what I do. I get on Amazon; I type in âoeLiberal Booksâ. I go through and I say âoeone star, one star, one starâ. The flipside is you go to a conservative/ libertarian whatever, go to their products and give them five stars. ⦠This is where your kids get information: Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster. These are places where you can rate movies. So when you type in âoeMovies on Healthcareâ, I donâ(TM)t want Michael Mooreâ(TM)s to come up, so I always give it bad ratings. I spend about 30 minutes a day, just click, click, click, click. ⦠If thereâ(TM)s a place to comment, a place to rate, a place to share information, you have to do it. Thatâ(TM)s how you control the online dialogue and give our ideas a fighting chance.â

From some of the clips I've seen, this (Astro) Turf Wars film seems like it might be interesting to anyone who has been suspicious of the seemingly organized commenting/moderating activity here on Slashdot.

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