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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

PvtVoid Re:Weather is unpredictable (397 comments)

It's hard to say we live in a free country when the government can take such drastic measures on a whim.

Why the fuck do whackjob Libertarians insist on turning literally everything into an argument about "freedom"? There is probably no more classically legitimate function of government than to build and maintain the fucking roads. And maintenance includes closing them off when they're unsafe, so morons trying to exercise their "freedom" don't get themselves (or rescue crews) killed.

For fuck's sake.

5 days ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

PvtVoid Weather is unpredictable (397 comments)

It just isn't possible to predict this stuff precisely. But you can't put a travel ban in place once the storm has actually started -- it would be too late. You have to do it pre-emptively for it to be effective.

5 days ago
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Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

PvtVoid DIY (83 comments)

If the encryption is provided as a black-box by the cloud provider, I will never trust it. Besides, it is brain-dead easy to mount an encfs volume on Dropbox. Just give me disk space. I'll encrypt it myself before you ever see it, ok?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

PvtVoid Re:Response Rate (218 comments)

An N of 1800 isn't unacceptable, but the thing is studies like this very often use rigged questions designed to produce the answer the authors want.

The N of the study isn't the only thing affecting the statistical significance. A response rate that low tells you that you very likely have hidden selection bias. In this case, the only people responding might well have been blowhard assholes with nothing better to do than respond to random surveys somebody emailed to them.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Belief That Some Fields Require "Brilliance" May Keep Women Out

PvtVoid Response Rate (218 comments)

From TFA:

Only 6.5% of the 28,210 academics who were contacted provided usable data. But the authors say they corrected for that single-digit response rate, which they note is typical for surveys of academics, by weighting the respondents’ scores.

Translation: the study is total bullshit.

about two weeks ago
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DuinoKit Helps Teach Students About Electronics (Video)

PvtVoid Re:Speaking of Radio Shack (61 comments)

This article sums it up pretty well.

Everybody likes to blame the decline of bricks-and-mortar retail on the internet, and that may have some truth to it, but I think that a pretty substantial part of the problem is the influence of douchebag MBAs who have turned companies like Radio Shack, Sears, Office Depot, Best Buy, etc. etc. into dystopian hellholes of despair and horror. Try shopping at Sears in the last few years? The fear and desperation are palpable. I can understand in the current economy why the employees might not quit en masse, but why on earth would any customer voluntarily subject themselves to that?

about a month ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

PvtVoid Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

Look at it like this: The only effective counter to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. There are more good people than bad people.

The problem isn't good people with guns vs bad people with guns. The problem is stupid people with guns.

about a month ago
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War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

PvtVoid Re:More toys for the men in green suits (290 comments)

If they are really that important: there ought to be an interlock that means that they will only fly if there is a 5 star general strapped on board.

Or Slim Pickens.

about a month ago
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North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

PvtVoid Re:Sorry media (166 comments)

Yeah, and global warming is faked by the left wing media, and vaccines are poison, and municipal water flouridation is a communist plot. Oh, and by the way, you don't really believe that you are anonymous here on /., do you?

Doubting the official line on the Sony hack is hardly the stuff of tinfoil-hat denialism. How's this for a scenario: (1) Garden-variety haxx0rz and/or a disgruntled employee steal a bunch of embarrassing files from Sony -- plenty of motive there -- and dump the files on the web. (2) Some moron in the media starts speculating that it has something to do with an idiotic movie about North Korea, and the echo chamber amplifies it as truth. (3) Haxx0rz, sensing an epic opportunity for lulz, play along with the feeding frenzy in the media with some crazy threats against screening the movie, then sit back and watch the fun as paranoia in the FBI and mindless nationalism in the population do the rest of their work for them.

Couldn't be.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

PvtVoid Re: Good news! (227 comments)

No, it's the big flag he stuck in the pickup bed 13 years ago

Confederate flag.

about a month ago
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Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

PvtVoid Re:Good news! (227 comments)

Everyone should watch this movie just as an act of patriotism.

You really think it was the North Koreans who did the Sony hack?

Sucker. Enjoy the crappy movie.

about a month ago
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An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

PvtVoid Your cat thinks you're a moron (190 comments)

Your cat thinks your a moron, and is going to poop in your headphones.

about a month ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

PvtVoid About Fucking Time (435 comments)

Long overdue. Time for cigars and mojitos all around!

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

PvtVoid Re:Have Both (567 comments)

Oh, come on. Somebody mod parent "funny".

about 1 month ago
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Study of Massive Preprint Archive Hints At the Geography of Plagiarism

PvtVoid Re:who cares about plagiarism (53 comments)

So you are saying that the only reason that people do anything is for recognition or money?

Are you?

No, I am saying that the people who have an interest in assigning credit for work are the people who provide funding and jobs, because they don't want to provide either funding or jobs to people who are not actually creating new ideas. These are also the people who pay for journal subscriptions, fund conferences and professional societies, and confer degrees.

As far as the people who do the research are concerned, very few of them would be able to continue doing research in the absence of funding. Do you think lab equipment, office space, and staff are free?

about 2 months ago
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Study of Massive Preprint Archive Hints At the Geography of Plagiarism

PvtVoid Re:who cares about plagiarism (53 comments)

Why does anyone need 'credit' for ideas?

Because it allows funding agencies, university tenure committees, etc. to determine which people are contributing useful new science to the world, and which people are dead wood sucking at the teat of an academic salary without creating anything useful to anybody.

about 2 months ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

PvtVoid Have Both (567 comments)

I have two monitors: one landscape, one next to it flipped into portrait mode. It's not fucking rocket science.

about 2 months ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

PvtVoid Re:How's This: (280 comments)

Or is that a phenomenally stupid idea for some glaringly obvious reasons?

It's a phenomenally stupid idea for glaringly obvious reasons.

about 2 months ago

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Virgin Galactic Dumps Scaled Composites for Spaceship Two

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about a week ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Virgin Galactic, following an aggressive schedule to build a replacement for the Spaceship Two which crashed in October, is doing so without partner Scaled Composites, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kevin Mickey, the president of Scaled Composites, confirmed this week that his company would no longer be involved in testing. He said Scaled would still work as a consultant to Virgin Galactic."
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Chris Kluwe Posts Epic Takedown of #Gamergate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 3 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Call it a troll submission if you wish. Fuck that. This is a must-read.

Thus, when I see an article titled “Gamers are dead,” referring to the death of the popular trope of a pasty young man in a dimly lit room, it fills me with joy, because it means WE FUCKING WON. So many people are playing games now that they are popular culture. They are not going away. All sorts of cool things, that I like, are now things that a whole bunch of other people like! There’s enough space now for people to make games that are strange and disturbing and maybe highlight a different perspective of the world, because gaming is no longer a niche activity, it’s something that everybody does. There is room for art in video games. That’s awesome!

You slopebrowed weaseldicks with zero reading comprehension and even less critical thinking skills who think an article claiming “Gamers are dead” is something bad? Fuck me sideways with a sandblaster.

Read on for more that ain't from Bennett."
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iPhone 6 rollout makes $23 billion in Apple market cap evaporate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Apple's stock has now dropped below $100 per share, wiping out more than $23 billion dollars in market capitalization since the botched release of the iPhone 6.

'Despite the iOS 8 bugs and bent iPhones that have cost Apple approximately $23 billion, the company’s stocks are still up this year by over 20 percent, leading the race ahead of Standard & Poor’s 500’s general gain of seven percent. But a market slump just days after a crucial new product release is a major blow for any company. The iPhone, Apple’s most widely recognized and critical product, accounts for over half its stock value. With such serious problems hovering over its new release, this drastic change in stocks comes as little surprise.'

Does it make sense that a messy software update and some bent cases should be responsible for that much value disappearing? Is there too much market cap tied to a single consumer product to begin with?"

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Washington Post covers #gamergate

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 4 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Rape threats. A hacking attempt on her Web site. The online publication of personal information, including her phone number and home address. Countless comments on her Tumblr calling her a “slut” and worse, including one that read: “Are you reading this? Of course you are. I will kill you.”

This is what indie video game developer Zoe Quinn has been dealing with for the past month, ever since an ex-boyfriend wrote a blog post implying that she had traded sex for positive reviews. The post sparked a virulent campaign against Quinn and an all-out online war about the future of the video-game industry."

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WSJ Reports Boeing to beat SpaceX for manned taxi to ISS

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 5 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "The Wall Street Journal reports (paywalled) that NASA is poised to award a key contract for manned transport to the International Space Station to Boeing over rival SpaceX:

Recent signals from the Obama administration, according to the officials, indicate that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's leadership has concluded on a preliminary basis that Boeing's proposed capsule offers the least risky option, as well as the one most likely to be ready to transport U.S. crews to the international space station within three years. The officials cautioned that a last-minute shift by NASA chief Charles Bolden, who must vet the decision, could change the result of the closely watched competition.

Here is a non-paywalled link to an article at CNET"
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The National Review has had it with nerd chic.

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 6 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "One part insecure hipsterism, one part unwarranted condescension, the two defining characteristics of self-professed nerds are (a) the belief that one can discover all of the secrets of human experience through differential equations and (b) the unlovely tendency to presume themselves to be smarter than everybody else in the world. Prominent examples include MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Rachel Maddow, Steve Kornacki, and Chris Hayes; Vox’s Ezra Klein, Dylan Matthews, and Matt Yglesias; the sabermetrician Nate Silver; the economist Paul Krugman; the atheist Richard Dawkins; former vice president Al Gore; celebrity scientist Bill Nye; and, really, anybody who conforms to the Left’s social and moral precepts while wearing glasses and babbling about statistics.

The pose is, of course, little more than a ruse — our professional “nerds” being, like Mrs. Doubtfire, stereotypical facsimiles of the real thing. They have the patois but not the passion; the clothes but not the style; the posture but not the imprimatur. Theirs is the nerd-dom of Star Wars, not Star Trek; of Mario Kart and not World of Warcraft; of the latest X-Men movie rather than the comics themselves."

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Gofor: Uber for Drones

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 6 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Gofor claims to be developing an app that summons a drone on demand using your smartphone or tablet. From the web site: "Drones are summoned much like taxis in other popular service apps. Your desired task is either noted at the outset using presets, or customized using voice commands. Once the drone arrives, your phone's flashlight is used to pair your device with the drone. From there, it depends on the task, the object-based UI is very easy to understand. ""
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NSF Researcher Suspended for Mining Bitcoin

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "In the semiannual report to Congress by the NSF Office of Inspector General, the organization said it received reports of a researcher who was using NSF-funded supercomputers at two universities to mine bitcoin. The computationally intensive mining took up about $150,000 worth of NSF-supported computer use at the two universities to generate bitcoins worth about $8,000 to $10,000, according to the report. It did not name the researcher or the universities."
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Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 8 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu pens a heartfelt takedown of misogyny in nerd culture:

What the fuck is wrong with us?

How much longer are we going to be in denial that there’s a thing called “rape culture” and we ought to do something about it?

[...]

To paraphrase the great John Oliver, listen up, fellow self-pitying nerd boys—we are not the victims here. We are not the underdogs. We are not the ones who have our ownership over our bodies and our emotions stepped on constantly by other people’s entitlement. We’re not the ones where one out of six of us will have someone violently attempt to take control of our bodies in our lifetimes.

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Julie Ann Horvath Quits GitHub, Citing Harrassment

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  about 10 months ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "From TechCrunch: The exit of engineer Julie Ann Horvath from programming network GitHub has sparked yet another conversation concerning women in technology and startups. Her claims that she faced a sexist internal culture at GitHub came as a surprise to some, given her former defense of the startup and her internal work at the company to promote women in technology."
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Biologist fits sharks with lasers

PvtVoid PvtVoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

PvtVoid (1252388) writes "Marine biologist Luke Tipple mounts 50 milliwatt S3 Krypton lasers to lemon sharks to study shark movements in the water. "Tipple said that clipping the laser onto the dorsal fin and flipping on the laser was easy, although the shark didn’t like it when Tipple first attached the clamp. He said a few seconds later 'it returned to normal behavior.'""
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